Jamshedpur : Union Home Ministry has asked district administration to keep an eye on political rallies. The parties will also have keep the administration informed about the itinerary of the arrival of the party leaders.
Officials were asked to pay special attention over points to be followed for model poll code of conduct. Meeting for non- official member committees should not be called.
Authorities were asked to accomplish the work of vulnerable mapping of polling booths before time. Directives were issued for installing voters help centres.
The code prohibits parties/candidates from activities which can create tension between people of regions, castes, communities or religions. No place of worship should be used for propaganda. Supporters of one party must not obstruct functions organised by rivals.
Removal of another party’s poster is a code violation. It disallows comments on the private lives of leaders /workers of other parties. No party/ candidate can use an individual’s land, building, compound wall without his / her permission to erect flag-staffs, suspend banners, paste notices or write slogans.
Voters can’t be intimidated or bribed to vote for a party.
A party in power isn’t allowed to use official machinery or personnel for electioneering. This includes the use of government transport like official aircraft and vehicles. Election-related advertisements from public money and the misuse of official media for coverage of political news and publicity are not allowed. The code ensures every party has equal opportunity to hold election meetings at public places and use public infrastructure like helipads and government guest houses.
From the day of poll announcement, the code prohibits ministers from sanctioning grants and related payments out of discretionary funds. Ministers and political persons are not allowed to lay foundation stones for projects. Ad-hoc appointments in government or other related PSUs are not allowed.
Every party must issue badges and identity cards to its authorized workers. Unnecessary crowd outside candidate’s camp is not allowed as it can lead to clashes. No food can be served to voters. The code prohibits distribution of liquor on polling day or 24 hours before polls.