EC asks states to get ready for poll schedule announcement

28 December, New Delhi

The Election Commission has asked five poll bound states to prepare for announcement of poll schedule, asking them to implement the model code of conduct as soon as the schedule is announced, in a letter sent to the Cabinet Secretary and chief secretaries of the poll-bound states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Manipur and Punjab.

The list of dos and don’ts issued by the Commission includes prevention of misuse of public place, avoiding use of official vehicles for campaigning, and bar on use of public money for advertisements to help the ruling party.

The poll panel has also reminded political parties to approach the Media Certification and Monitoring Committees at district and state level, for pre-certification of their political advertisements proposed to be issued in the electronic media. While the term of the Uttar Pradesh assembly expires on 27th May next year, the terms of the other state assemblies end next March.

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