Parties using children for poll work will lose symbols: Election Commission
The Bombay High Court while hearing a case on the issue of children engaging in election campaigns and poll related work, asked the Election Commission (EC) what action it was taking against political parties to curb the involvement of children.
The Election Commission has responded that parties which are making children work for their campaigns will face de-recognition by the EC. Under section 16A of the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968, the EC can withdraw the recognition granted to parties that don’t follow the EC’s rules and regulations. De-recognition of a political party means that it can no longer use its reserved symbol.