Here is everything you need to know about India Election Code of Conduct 2019.
India’s Model Code of Conduct is a set of guidelines and rules which is issued by the Election Commission of India. It is issued for the political parties during elections in order to respect the speeches, polling day, polling booths, election manifestos, processions, and general conduct.
There are some rules made by the Election Commission to conduct free and fair elections in the country. These rules are called the Code of Conduct. It is the responsibility of every politician to follow the rules during the elections. As the Code of Conduct applies, there are many important changes in governance and administration.
These are the main points of the India Election Code of Conduct 2019:
- Government bodies cannot participate in any recruitment process during the electoral process.
- The election campaign rallies and road shows must not obstruct the road traffic.
- Candidates are asked to stop distributing liquor to voters. It is a widely known fact in India that during election campaigning, liquor is distributed to the voters.
- The election code in force inhibits the government from launching new welfare programmes like the construction of roads, provision of drinking water facilities etc. or any ribbon-cutting ceremonies.
- The parties and their campaigners must respect the personal life of their rivals and should not interrupt them by holding road shows or demonstrations in front of their houses.
- On polling day, all parties should cooperate with the poll-duty officials at the voting booths for an orderly voting process. Candidates should not display their election symbols around the poll booths on the polling day. No one can enter the booths without a valid pass granted from the Election Commission.
- There will be poll observers during the voting process to which any complaints can be reported or submitted.
- The code orders that the public spaces like meeting grounds, helipads, government guest houses and bungalows should be equally shared among the parties. There should not be any clash among parties.
- The ruling party should not use its power for the campaign and other promotional purposes.
- The ruling party ministers should not make any appointment of officials, which may influence the voters in favour of the party in power.
- Before using loudspeakers during their poll campaigning, candidates and political parties must take permission or license from the local authorities. The candidates have to inform the local police for conducting election rallies to enable the police authorities to make security arrangements.
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