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.
- 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.
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