Ashok Lavasa submits written response over his dissent on poll code violations to EC

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New Delhi: Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa is learnt to have submitted his written response to the Election Commission on his stand that dissent and minority views in cases of model code violation should be made part of the order.

Though it was not immediately known what he has written, it is learnt that in Wednesday's 'full commission' meeting, he maintained that since EC orders on model code are issued under Article 324 of the Constitution they are more than administrative decisions, at times involving campaign ban. Lavasa, sources said, was willing to provide his views again in writing if need arises.

The Election Commission's powers flow from Article 324. He is learnt to have said that even views of persons are obtained before arriving at decisions and drew home the point that it was, therefore, necessary to have dissent notes as part of the order.

(THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS)