Ministries flouting norms, says Election Commission

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Election Commission has refused to entertain Union Ministries  approval for certain decisions after the implementation of Model Code of Conduct
Further EC dispatched a letter to Cabinet Secretary where the EC asked Cabinet Secretary to ask its officers to ensure strict compliance of the law.

Key Facts:

  • Election Commission of India’s Model Code of Conduct is a set of guidelines issued by the Election Commission of India for conduct of political parties and candidates during elections mainly with respect to speeches, polling day, polling booths, portfolios, election manifestos, processions and general conduct.
  • Cabinet Secretary on the complaint filed by EC, has asked secretaries of Union Ministries to follow strict compliance of law and procedure on model code of conduct.
  • During general elections to House of People (Lok Sabha), the code is applicable throughout the country. During general elections to the Legislative Assembly (Vidhan Sabha), the code is applicable in the entire State. During bye-elections, the code is applicable in the entire district or districts in
    which the constituency falls.
  • The Election Commission ensures observance of MCC by political parties in power, including ruling parties at the Centre and in the States and contesting candidates in the discharge of its constitutional duties for conducting the free, fair and peaceful elections to the Parliament and the State Legislatures under Article 324 of the Constitution of India. It also ensures that official machinery for the electoral purposes is not misused.
  •  Further, it is also ensured that electoral offences, malpractices and corrupt practices such as impersonation, bribing and inducement of voters, threat and intimidation to the voters are prevented by all means.

Source:The Hindu

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