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Moga bypoll: EC issues norms to curb use of govt machinery

Posted on Jan 17, 09:45PM | UNI

The Election Commission today issued guidelines to curb the misuse of official vehicles during elections and tours of ministers during the Model Code of Conduct for the coming Moga by-election in Punjab.

A spokesman for the office of the Chief Electoral Officer said that the ministers should not combine their official visit with electioneering work and should also not make use of their official machinery and personnel during the elections.

Government transport including official air-crafts, vehicles, machinery and personnel should not be used for furtherance of the interest of the party in Power.

Public places such as maidans for holding election meetings and use of helipads for air-flights in connection with elections would not be monopolised by the party in power. Other parties and candidates would be allowed to use such places and facilities on the same terms and conditions on which they are used by the party in power.

He said that these instructions would be in force from the date of announcement of elections till the completion of elections.

He said that the Commission directed that there would be a total and absolute ban on the use of official vehicle for campaigning, electioneering or election related travel during election.

There would be total prohibition on the use of any vehicle such as helicopters, aircrafts, cars and jeeps belonging to the state government or any other body in which public funds were invested for any purpose connected with the election by any political party, candidate or any other person connected with the election.