Chandigarh, Apr 9 UNI | 4 months ago

Punjab Chief Electoral Officer V K Singh today advised leaders of all political parties and all the candidates to abide by Model Code of Conduct (MCC) in letter and spirit, refrain from use of unbecoming language or adopt postures which are uncalled for in the election campaigning.

In a letter addressed to Presidents and General Secretaries of all political parties and all candidates, he pointed out that his office has received numerous complaints regarding the use of disrespectful, undignified and intimidating language by many political leaders while delivering speeches during campaigning or while addressing their workers. He said "it has also been observed from perusal of major newspaper reports and electronic media clippings that many political personalities were resorting to mud-slinging and personal attacks against other contesting parties/candidates." This vitiates atmosphere for elections and leaves a bad impression in minds of public about political leadership, he added.

The CEO said model code of conduct lays down guidelines for general conduct during the election period, which includes that no party or candidate shall include in any activity which may aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities, religious or linguistic. Criticism of other political parties, when made, shall be confined to their policies and programme, past record and work. 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. Criticism of other parties or their workers based on unverified allegations or distortion shall be avoided.

"Besides this, there shall be no appeal to caste or communal feelings for securing votes. Mosques, churches, temples or other places of worship would not be used as forum for election propaganda," he added.

(Posted on 09-04-2014)