Model Code of Conduct (MCC) Guidelines for Lok Sabha Elections 2024

With the announcement of election schedule by Election Commission of India (ECI)The Model Code of Conduct (MCC) It has been implemented to ensure a fair electoral process in the world’s largest democracy.

Here are the specific guidelines to be followed during this period

1. Conduct at places of worship

  • Preaching at places of worship (e.g. mosque, church, temple) is strictly prohibited.
  • No appeal to caste or communal sentiments to garner votes.

2. Criticism and personal attacks

  • Criticism of other parties should be limited to policies, programs and past records.
  • Avoid personal attacks or criticism unrelated to public activities.
  • Unverified allegations or distortions should be avoided.

3. Prohibition of corrupt practices

  • Parties and candidates should avoid all forms of corrupt practices such as bribing voters, intimidation, impersonation and campaigning near polling stations.
  • Distribution of liquor is strictly prohibited on polling day or 48 hours before.

4. Respect for private property

  • Parties may not use private property for promotional materials without permission.

5. Peaceful political activities

  • To ensure peaceful political meetings and processions without disrupting programs organized by other parties.
  • Posters issued by other parties will not be removed.

6. Regulation of rallies

  • The routes and timings of the procession must be followed without deviation.
  • Authorities must be informed to ensure proper regulation.

7. Traffic Management

  • Organizers should ensure minimum disruption to road traffic during the procession.
  • Long processions should be organized into manageable segments.

8. Ban on effigy burning

  • Carrying and burning of effigies representing members or leaders of other political parties is not allowed.

9. Regulation of candidate camps

  • Avoiding large gatherings and serving food in candidate camps near the booths.
  • Ruling parties cannot monopolize government facilities or residences for campaign purposes.

10. Election manifesto and freebies

  • Although election manifestos are not considered corrupt practices, distribution of freebies can influence voters and should be considered carefully.

The objective of these guidelines is to maintain the integrity of the electoral process and ensure a level playing field for all participants.

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