GP polls: Model code of conduct in force

The State Election Commission (SEC) on Thursday announced a 13-point model code of conduct including a bar on using photographs of political leaders on handouts and posters during campaigning. SEC Secretary D K Ravindranath said the model code of conduct, which came into effect from Thursday, will be in place till May 18.

The poll code will be applicable in the limits of all gram, taluk and zilla panchayats. The model code of conduct will not be applicable in the jurisdiction of BBMP, corporations, city municipal councils, town municipal councils and town panchayats.

The model code of conduct does not permit ministers and legislators to hold official meetings pertaining to developmental projects in rural areas. However, existing programmes and release of funds for old projects can continue.

According to the model code of conduct, there is also no bar on holding cultural and religious meetings. However, politicians cannot make any announcements that is likely to influence voters. Similarly, there is no bar on holding political rallies or meetings in rural areas, but no promises can be made at such meetings.

Highlights

* No photographs of political leaders on handouts or posters.

* Poll code to be applicable till May 18 in all gram, taluk and zilla panchayats.

* Minister, legislators barred from holding official meetings pertaining to developmental projects.

* No bar on holding cultural, religious meetings or political rallies, as long as no announcements or promises are made at such meetings to influence voters.

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