The countdown for the 1st phase of Lok Sabha elections has begun.
Political parties on overdrive to finalize candidates and release election manifestos.
Campaigning in constituencies by political leaders picks up momentum.
But, they are duty-bound by certain guidelines issued by Election Commission of India.
These guidelines are also called “Model Code of Conduct (MCC)”.
Till the election process is complete, MCC needs to be followed and applicable to
- Political parties,
- Election candidates,
- Government machinery and officials
MCC comes into force when the Chief Election Commissioner announces the election schedule.
So, what does MCC prescribes?
What to do and what not to do?
Let’s take a look…
What should NOT be done? Here’s the list
Candidates should not combine their official work with their election campaigning.
Places of worship shall not be used for election propaganda in the form of
- songs or
Announcing new projects or laying stone or promising new welfare scheme is prohibited.
Advertising government achievements in print or electronic media at the cost of public money is forbidden.
No political party symbol or political leader photo(s) on banners or hoardings of the government’s achievements.
Political leaders’ photos should not be displayed on government building or premises during MCC.
Organisations and associations that are not political in nature but promote a particular political party or a candidate come under MCC too.
Use of loudspeakers between 10 pm and 6 am is banned.
Bribery and intimidation of voters is a punishable offence.
No propaganda materials should be used in places where identity slips are distributed on polling day or near polling booths.
Distribution of liquor during elections is prohibited.
Liquor shops are to be shut during the last 48 hours nearing the poll date and on the counting day.
MCC is enforced throughout the country during the general elections.
But, during by-polls of the State Assembly or local body elections, MCC is applicable to that particular state or constituency.
An Indian citizen can appeal to ECI if a political party or candidate or government official is found violating the MCC.
The ECI has the authority
- To impose a fine,
- File an FIR against the political party/ candidate or
- Even cancel the polls in that constituency.
Citizens can complain about the violations using the cVIGIL mobile app introduced by the ECI.
The identity and other details of the complainant will be kept anonymous in the app.
Voting is every citizen’s responsibility. So, do not forget to VOTE for your choice!
It’s time to
Vote for India; Vote for Growth