Pursue model code of conduct and avoid personal attack otherwise may face the wrath ELECTION COMMISSION

ELECTION CMMISSION OF INDIA
MODEL CODE OF CONDUCT FOR THE
GUIDANCE OF POLITICAL PARTIES AND
CANDIDATES
1. General Conduct
(1) No party
or candidate shall include in any activity which may aggravate
existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause
tension between different
castes and communities, religious or linguistic.
(2) Criticism of other political parties, when made,
shall be confined to their
policies and programme, past record and work. Parties
and Candidates shall
refrain from criticism of all aspects of private life,
not connected with the public
activities of the leaders or workers of other parties.
Criticism of other parties or
their workers based on unverified allegations or
distortion shall be avoided.
(3) There shall be no appeal to caste or communal
feelings for securing votes.
Mosques, Churches, Temples or other places of worship
shall not be used as
forum for election propaganda.
(4) All parties and candidates shall avoid scrupulously
all activities which are
“corrupt practices” and offences under the election law,
such as bribing of voters,
intimidation of voters, impersonation of voters,
canvassing within 100 meters of
polling stations, holding public meetings during the
period of 48 hours ending
with the hour fixed for the close of the poll, and the
transport and conveyance of
voters to and from polling station.
(5)The right of every individual for peaceful and
undisturbed home-life shall be
respected, however much the political parties or
candidates may resent his political
opinions or activities. Organising demonstrations or
picketing before the houses of
individuals by way of protesting against their opinions
or activities shall not be
resorted to under any circumstances.
(6) No political party or candidate shall permit its or
his followers to make use of
any individual’s land, building, compound wall etc.,
without his permission for
erecting flag-staffs, suspending banners, pasting
notices, writing slogans etc.
(7) Political parties and candidates shall ensure that
their supporters do not create
obstructions in or break up meetings and processions
organised by other parties.
Workers or sympathisers of one political party shall not
create disturbances at
public meetings organised by another political party by
putting questions orally or
in writing or by distributing leaflets of their own
party. Processions shall not be
taken out by one party along places at which meetings are
held by another party.
Posters issued by one party shall not be
removed by workers of another party.
II. Meetings
(1) The party or candidate shall inform the local police
authorities of the
venue and time any proposed meeting Well in time so as
to enable the police to
make necessary arragements for controlling traffic and
maintaining peace and
order.
(2) A Party or candidate shall ascertain in advance if
there is any restrictive or
prohibitory order in force in the place proposed for the
meeting if such orders
exist, they shall be followed strictly. If any exemption
is required from such
orders, it shall be applied for and obtained well in
time.
(3) If permission or license is to be obtained for the
use of loudspeakers or any
other facility in connection with any proposed meeting,
the party or candidate
shall apply to the authority concerned well in advance
and obtain such permission
or license.
(4) Organisers of a meeting shall invariably seek the
assistance of the police on
duty for dealing with persons disturbing a meeting or
otherwise attempting to
create disorder. Organisers themselves shall not take
action against such persons.
III Procession
(1) A Party or candidate organizing a procession shall
decide before hand the time
and place of the starting of the procession, the route
to be followed and the time
and place at which the procession will terminate. There
shall ordinary be on
deviation from the programme.
(2) The organisers shall give advance intimation to the
local police authorities of
the programme so as to enable the letter to make
necessary arrangement.
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(3) The organisers shall ascertain if any restrictive
orders are in force in the
localities through which the procession has to pass, and
shall comply with the
restrictions unless exempted specially by the competent
authority. Any traffic
regulations or restrictions shall also be carefully
adhered to.
(4) The organisers shall take steps in advance to arrange
for passage of the
procession so that there is no block or hindrance to
traffic. If the procession is very
long, it shall be organised in segments of suitable
lengths, so that at convenient
intervals, especially at points where the procession has
to pass road junctions, the
passage of held up traffic could be allowed by stages
thus avoiding heavy traffic
congestion.
(5) Processions shall be so regulated as to keep as much
to the right of the road as
possible and the direction and advice of the police on
duty shall be strictly
complied with.
(6) If two or more political parties or candidates
propose to take processions over
the same route or parts thereof at about the same time,
the organisers shall
establish contact well in advance and decide upon the
measures to be taken to see
that the processions do not clash or cause hindrance to
traffic. The assistance of
the local police shall be availed of for arriving at a
satisfactory arrangement. For
this purpose the parties shall contact the police at the
earliest opportunity.
(7) The political parties or candidates shall exercise
control to the maximum extent
possible in the matter of processionists carrying
articles which may be put to
misuse by undesirable elements especially in moments of
excitement.
(8) The carrying of effigies purporting to represent
member of other political
parties or their leaders, burning such effigies in public
and such other forms
demonstration shall not be countenanced by any political
party or candidate.
IV. Polling Day
All Political parties and candidates shall –
(i) co-operate with the officers on election duty to
ensure peaceful and orderly
polling and complete freedom to the voters to exercise
their franchise without
being subjected to any annoyance or obstruction.
(ii) supply to their authorized workers suitable badges
or identity cards.
(iii) agree that the identity slip supplied by them to
voters hall be on plain (white)
paper and shall not contain any symbol, name of the
candidate or the name of the
party;
(iv) refrain from serving or distributing liquor on
polling day and during the
fourty eight hours preceding it
(v) not allow unnecessary crowd to be collected near the
camps set up by the
political parties and candidates near the polling booths
so as to avoid
Confrontation and tension among workers and sympathizers
of the parties and the
candidate.
(vi) ensure that the candidate’s camps shall be simple
.The shall not
display any posters, flags, symbols or any other
propaganda material. No eatable
shall be served or crowd allowed at the camps and
(vii) co-operate with the authorities in complying with
the restrictions to be
imposed on the plying of vehicles on the polling day and
obtain permits for them
which should be displayed prominently on those vehicles.
V. Polling Booth
Excepting the voters, no one without a valid pass from
the Election
Commission shall enter the polling booths.
VI. Observers
The Election Commission is appointing Observers. If the
candidates or
their agents have any specific complaint or problem
regarding the conduct of
elections they may bring the same to the notice of the
Observer.
VII. Party in Power
The party in power whether at the Centre or in the State
or States
concerned, shall ensure that no cause is given for any
complaint that it has used its
official position for the purposes of its election
campaign and in particular –
(i) (a) The Ministers shall not combine their official
visit with electioneering work
and shall not also make use of official machinery or
personnel during the
electioneering work.
(b) Government transport including official air-crafts,
vehicles, machinery and
personnel shall not be used for furtherance of the
interest of the party in power;
(ii) Public places such as maidans etc., for holding
election meetings, and use of
helipads for air-flights in connection with elections
shall not be monopolized by
itself. Other parties and candidates shall be allowed
the use of such places and
facilities on the same terms and conditions on which
they are used by the party in
power;
(iii) Rest houses, dark bungalows or other Government
accommodation shall not
be monopolized by the party in power or its candidates
and such accommodation
shall be allowed to be used by other parties and
candidates in a fair manner but no
party or candidate shall use or be allowed to use such
accommodation (including
premises appertaining thereto) as a campaign office or
for holding any public
meeting for the purposes of election propaganda;
(iv) Issue of advertisement at the cost of public
exchequer in the newspapers and
other media and the misuse of official mass
media
during the election period for
partisan coverage of political news and publicity
regarding achievements with a
view to furthering the prospects of the party in power
shall be scrupulously
avoided.
(v) Ministers and other authorities shall not sanction
grants/payments out of
discretionary funds from the time elections are announced
by the Commission;
and
(vi) From the time elections are announced by
Commission, Ministers and other
authorities shall not –
(a) announce any financial grants in any form or
promises thereof; or
(b) (except civil servants) lay foundation stones etc.
of projects or schemes of any
kind; or
(c) make any promise of construction of roads, provision
of drinking water
facilities etc.; or
(d) make any ad-hoc appointments in Government, Public
Undertakings
etc. which may have the effect of influencing the voters
in favour of the
party in power.
Note : The Commission shall announce the date of any
election which shall be a
date ordinarily not more than three weeks prior to the
date on which the
notification is likely to be issued in respect of such
elections.
(vii) Ministers of Central or State Government shall not
enter any polling station
or place of counting except in their capacity as a
candidate or voter or authorised

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  1. (1) No party or candidate shall include in any activity which may aggravate
    existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different
    castes and communities, religious or linguistic.

    (2) Criticism of other political parties, when made, shall be confined to their
    policies and programme, past record and work. Parties and Candidates shall
    refrain from criticism of all aspects of private life, not connected with the public
    activities of the leaders or workers of other parties. Criticism of other parties or
    their workers based on unverified allegations or distortion shall be avoided.

    (3) There shall be no appeal to caste or communal feelings for securing votes.
    Mosques, Churches, Temples or other places of worship shall not be used as
    forum for election propaganda.

    (4) All parties and candidates shall avoid scrupulously all activities which are
    “corrupt practices” and offences under the election law, such as bribing of voters,
    intimidation of voters, impersonation of voters, canvassing within 100 meters of
    polling stations, holding public meetings during the period of 48 hours ending
    with the hour fixed for the close of the poll, and the transport and conveyance of
    voters to and from polling station.

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