CEC Sunil Arora said Ashok Lavasa's decision not to take part in model code related issues comes at a time when the poll watchdog is gearing up for the last phase of Lok Sabha polls and counting of votes.
During Sunitha Narreddy's meeting with CEC Sunil Arora, she submitted a representation demanding a fair investigation be carried out into the 'murder' of her father without interference by the state government.
The Election Commission said that candidates with criminal antecedents are required to publish information in this regard in newspapers and through television channels on three occasions during the campaign period.
A former bureaucrat, Arora was appointed as the election commissioner in August last year. He had been the information and broadcasting secretary, and secretary in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.