Guidelines on Election Manifesto for UPSC IAS Exam

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The Election Commission has fixed the outer limit for the release of political party manifestos, under the Model Code of Conduct, putting a prohibition of 48 hours before polling.

About Election Manifesto:

  • An election manifesto is the list of promises to citizens which is issued by the respected political party.
  • The list shows the ideology of any party and commitment to its citizens.
  • It shows that when the party comes into power, what the party will do for farmers, how they remove unemployment, what they will do for women safety, etc.

Must Read: Model Code of Conduct

Recent Guidelines on Election Manifesto:

  • The EC had, through letters dated January 22 and February 9, circulated a proposal among the recognized national and Local parties for fixing a timeline on the release of manifestos.
  • The election manifesto cannot contain anything which goes against the very principles enshrined in the Indian Constitution and must also be consistent with the Model Code of Conduct.
  • Having considered the suggestions and comments received from political parties, the Commission has fixed a timeline…which has now been included as para-no. 4 under Part-VIII [Guidelines on Election Manifestos] in the Model Code of Conduct.
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  • In case of single phase election, manifesto shall not be released during the prohibitory period, as prescribed under Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act.
  • During multi-phase polls, as will be the case in the Lok Sabha elections, the 48-hour restriction will apply before each polling date
  • In a multi-phased poll, the silence period of last 48 hours may be on in certain constituencies while campaign is ongoing in other constituencies.

Sources:The Hindu

Must Try: MCQ on Election Manifesto-

Consider the following statements with regards to Election Manifesto

I. An election manifesto refers to a statement issued by Election Commission of India

II. It shows the ideology of any party and commitment to its citizens.

Which of the following statement/s is/are correct?

A. I only

B. II only

C.Both I and II

D. Neither I nor II



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