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Understanding the Model Code of Conduct as India Heads to Polls

New Delhi: With the announcement of polling dates for the general elections and state assembly elections, India has entered the phase of stringent adherence to the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), which applies to all political parties and government authorities.

What is the Model Code of Conduct?

The Model Code of Conduct is a set of instructions designed for participants in general elections. It aims to ensure impartiality in government actions, prevent the use of governmental resources for electoral gains, and facilitate the conduct of free and fair elections.

Key Rules under the Model Code of Conduct:

  1. Restrictions on Government Resources: Candidates and government authorities are prohibited from using government resources such as premises, transport mediums, websites, schemes, officials, or posts for electioneering purposes.
  2. Prohibition of Unauthorized Advertisements: No private or public places like railways, bus stands, or airports can be defaced or used for unauthorized advertisements benefiting any candidate.
  3. Ban on Announcing Financial Grants: Candidates are restricted from announcing financial grants once the election dates are announced.
  4. Limitations on Project Launches: The government cannot launch new projects or lay the foundation stones for new projects during the election period.
  5. Restrictions on Promises: Authorities cannot make promises related to infrastructure development or any other public schemes that may influence voters.
  6. Ban on Ad-hoc Appointments: Ad-hoc appointments in government or public undertakings that could influence voters are prohibited.
  7. Ban on Official Transfers: There is a total ban on the transfer of all officials connected with the conduct of the election without proper justification.
  8. Prohibition on Advertisement at Public Cost: The government is barred from releasing advertisements at the cost of the public exchequer regarding any government achievements or spreading propaganda.
  9. Establishment of Complaint Monitoring Systems: The government must establish complaint monitoring systems, media centers for voter awareness, and a 24*7 control room to address election-related issues promptly.

Consequences of Violating the Model Code of Conduct:

If candidates are found guilty of violating the Model Code of Conduct, the Election Commission of India has the authority to suspend or cancel their candidature. Additionally, penalties may include fines or other punitive measures.

As India gears up for the electoral process, strict adherence to the Model Code of Conduct ensures the integrity and fairness of the democratic process.

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