What is general code of conduct during elections?

Q.  Which of the following is/are true?

1) Places of worship can be used as forum for election propaganda.
2) Posters issued by one party shall not be removed by workers of another party.
3) Political parties shall ensure that their supporters do not break up meetings organized by other parties.
4) Parties and candidates shall refrain from criticism of all aspects of private life.

- Published on 17 Mar 17

a. 1, 3, 4
b. 2, 3, 4
c. 1, 2, 4
d. 1, 2, 3

ANSWER: 2, 3, 4
    General Conduct related to elections -

    a. No party or candidate shall indulge in any activity which may aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities, religious or linguistic.

    b. Criticism of other political parties, when made, shall be confined to their policies and programmes, past record and work.

    c. Parties and candidates shall refrain from criticism of all aspects of private life, not connected with the public activities of the leaders or workers of other parties.

    d. Criticism of other parties or their workers based on unverified allegations or distortions shall be avoided.

    e. There shall be no appeal to caste or communal feelings for securing votes.

    f. Mosques, churches, temples or other places ofworship shall not be used as forum for election propaganda.

    g. All parties and candidates shall avoid scrupulously all activities which are “corrupt practices” and offences under the election law,such as bribing of voters, intimidation of voters, impersonation of voters, canvassing within 100 meters of polling stations, holding public meetings during the period of 48 hours ending with the hour fixed for the close of the poll, and the transport and conveyance of voters to and from polling station.

    h. The right of every individual for peaceful and undisturbed home-life shall be respected, however much the political parties orcandidates may resent his political opinions or activities.

    i. Organizing demonstrations or picketing before the houses of individuals by way of protesting against their opinions or activities shall not be resorted to under any circumstances.

    j. No political party or candidate shall permit its or his followers to make use of any individual’s land, building, compound wall etc., without his permission for erecting flag-staffs, suspending banners, pasting notices, writing slogans etc.

    k. Political parties and candidates shall ensure that their supporters do not create obstructions in or break up meetings and processions organized by other parties.

    l. Workers or sympathizers of one political party shall not create disturbances at public meetings organized by another political party by putting questions orally or in writing or by distributing leaflets of their own party.

    m. Processions shall not be taken out by one party along places at which meetings are held by another party.

    n. Posters issued by one party shall not be removed by workers of another party.

    Meetings during elections -

    a. The party or candidate shall inform the local police authorities of the venue and time of any proposed meeting well in time so as to enable the police to make necessary arrangements for controlling traffic and maintaining peace and order.

    b. A party or candidate shall ascertain in advance if there are any restrictive or prohibitory orders in force in the place proposed for the meeting.

    c. If such orders exist, they shall be followed strictly. If any exemption is required from such orders, it shall be applied for and obtained well in time.

    d. If permission or license is to be obtained for the use of loudspeakers or any other facility in connection with any proposed meeting, the party or candidate shall apply to the authority concerned well in advance and obtain such permission or license.

    e. Organizers of a meeting shall invariably seek the assistance of the police on duty for dealing with persons disturbing a meeting or otherwise attempting to create disorder.

    f. Organizers themselves shall not take action against such persons.

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