Model code of conduct: Dissenting opinions won’t be part of orders, says Election Commission

The Election Commission has overruled one of the Election Commissioner demands for making a member’s dissent on model code of conduct(MCC) violation cases public. EC by majority has held that MCC matters were not quasi-judicial proceedings and hence did not require dissent or minority views to be conveyed as part of the final order. Recently,one… Continue reading Model code of conduct: Dissenting opinions won’t be part of orders, says Election Commission

Explained: Dissent in the Election Commission – what the rules say

According to a report,one of the Election Commissioner has dissented with the opinion of other Election Commissioners in five different matters pertaining to alleged violations of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). Section 10 (Disposal of business by Election Commission) of The Election Commission (Conditions of Service of Election Commissioners and Transaction of Business) Act,1991… Continue reading Explained: Dissent in the Election Commission – what the rules say

Bad debt norms:RBI to seek EC nod

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to reach out to the Election Commission (EC) before releasing its new circular for banks. The new circular would replace its February 12 circular that Supreme Court had disallowed earlier.The Model Code of conduct specifically exempted the conduct of monetary policy which is crucial part of the… Continue reading Bad debt norms:RBI to seek EC nod

Congress asks EC to act against PM Modi for post-voting roadshow

Opposition Party has asked the Election Commission to take action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking out a roadshow and giving speeches after voting. The opposition has alleged that the Prime minister has violated the Model Code of Conduct. Campaigning during the 48 hours leading up to the end of polling in any polling… Continue reading Congress asks EC to act against PM Modi for post-voting roadshow

‘Naidu violated code by holding review meetings’

A complained has been made to Chief Electoral Officer of Andhra Pradesh stating that Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister has violated the Model Code of Conduct by holding official review meetings. Chief Minister had conducted a meeting to review the progress on the Polavaram project. Provision 19.5 of the Model Code of Conduct for Elections prohibits… Continue reading ‘Naidu violated code by holding review meetings’

EC curbs campaigning by Yogi, Mayawati, Maneka and Azam

The Election Commission (EC) has imposed restrictions on the campaigning of four senior politicians for violating the model code of conduct in Uttar Pradesh. The restrictions on campaigning also prevent them from giving interviews or making any comment on the electronic, print or social media in connection with the upcoming Lok Sabha election. One of… Continue reading EC curbs campaigning by Yogi, Mayawati, Maneka and Azam

Watch Modi biopic fully this time, SC tells ECI

The Supreme Court has directed the Election Commission to re-examine its earlier order and take an informed decision on stay on the release of the biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi after watching the entire movie. The SC has asked the Election commission to report back to the court on 20th April on whether the… Continue reading Watch Modi biopic fully this time, SC tells ECI

Release of PM Modi biopic deferred till further orders from EC

The Election Commission (EC) has deferred the release of the biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi till the elections are over. The EC has also prohibited public screening of any biopic material which could sub-serve the interest of a political party or candidate, while the Model Code of Conduct is in force. This has been… Continue reading Release of PM Modi biopic deferred till further orders from EC

Ensure level playing field: EC to DD News

The Election Commission (EC) has asked DD News channel to ensure a level playing field for all political parties. The EC has observed that DD News had given disproportionate airtime coverage to political parties and thus did not follow the principle of maintaining neutrality and a level playing field. Level playing field means each party… Continue reading Ensure level playing field: EC to DD News

Pasupu Kumkuma’: Andhra govt scheme for women gets EC nod

The Election Commission (EC) has passed an order stating that any money transfer under the ‘Pasupu Kumkuma’ scheme will not violate the Model Code of Conduct(MCC). The Commission has said that the Model Code of Conduct does not come in the way of the schemes that have been launched before MCC kicks in,especially if the… Continue reading Pasupu Kumkuma’: Andhra govt scheme for women gets EC nod

EC advises Adityanath to be careful

The Election Commission has advised Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister to be more careful in future in future references to the armed forces in his poll campaign speeches for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. UP CM’s remark describing the armed forces as “Modiji ki sena” during a poll campaign had generated widespread controversy and was highly… Continue reading EC advises Adityanath to be careful

EC inquiry against Meghalaya Minister

The Election Commission has initiated an inquiry into alleged violation of model code of conduct by a Meghalaya Minister. He had used an official vehicle for election campaigning. According to the Model Code of Conduct, no government transport including official air-crafts, vehicles etc. should be used for electioneering work. Model code of Conduct (MCC) are… Continue reading EC inquiry against Meghalaya Minister

SC agrees to hear plea challenging release of Modi biopic

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a plea seeking a stay on the release of the biopic “PM Narendra Modi”. The opposition parties have alleged that the release of the film ahead of elections would violate the Model Code of Conduct. The film has generated widespread debate with opposition political parties alleging that it… Continue reading SC agrees to hear plea challenging release of Modi biopic

Election Commission seeks details of Namo TV from I&B Ministry

The Election Commission has issued a notice seeking a report from Information & Broadcasting on NaMo TV. The channel, NaMo TV was launched on 31st March, nearly two weeks after the Model Code of Conduct came into effect.   The channel carries the picture of Prime Minister Modi as its logo. It broadcasts election rallies,… Continue reading Election Commission seeks details of Namo TV from I&B Ministry

Poll panel steps in to allow launch of book on Rafale deal

An election flying squad had stayed the release of a book on the Rafale aircraft deal titled Nattai Ulukkum Rafale Bera Oozhal (The Rafale scam that is rocking the country), and seized its copies. Officials said that the release of the book was in violation of the Model Code of Conduct. However, later the book… Continue reading Poll panel steps in to allow launch of book on Rafale deal

EC pulls up Railways, AI over model code

The Election Commission (EC) has expressed displeasure over the lackadaisical approach of Air India and the Railways in enforcing the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). Earlier in March, the EC had issued a show cause notice to the Railways and Civil Aviation ministries over the use of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pictures on rail tickets… Continue reading EC pulls up Railways, AI over model code

PM’s speech didn’t violate the code of conduct: EC

The Election Commission (EC) has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to nation on the success of Mission Shakti, anti-satellite missile testing, did not violate the provision of ”party in power” in Model Code of Conduct (MCC). The EC has taken the decision based on the report of a committee of officers. The EC… Continue reading PM’s speech didn’t violate the code of conduct: EC

Bengal Odisha schemes held up for incomplete info: EC

The Election Commission has said that it had stopped Odisha’s Kalia Scheme and West Bengal’s Krishak Bandhu scheme under the Model Code of Conduct on the grounds that the schemes had incomplete information about beneficiaries. Relevant information about beneficiaries is necessary to ensure the states are extending benefits to only existing beneficiaries and not enrolling… Continue reading Bengal Odisha schemes held up for incomplete info: EC

PM didn’t seek nod for TV address: EC

The Election Commission has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had neither informed, nor sought any permission from, the EC for broadcast of his recent address to nation on the anti-Satellite missile test Mission Shakti. Opposition parties had alleged that the PM’s address was a violation of the Model Code of Conduct and demanded that… Continue reading PM didn’t seek nod for TV address: EC

EC to check for code violation

The Election Commission (EC) has set up a committee to examine whether Prime Minister’s address to the nation is in violation with the Model Code of Conduct. In a special address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that India has successfully completed Mission Shakti, an anti-Satellite missile test. Opposition parties had alleged… Continue reading EC to check for code violation

Tamil Nadu sees highest seizure ahead of polls

Election Commission has seized cash,liquor and freebies of nearly Rs 540 crores within two weeks of the implementation of the model code of conduct. Tamil Nadu recorded the maximum seizure of these illegal inducements, suspected to have been routed and used to bribe voters followed by Uttar Pradesh,Andhra Pradesh and Punjab. The EC has deployed… Continue reading Tamil Nadu sees highest seizure ahead of polls

Bar use of ‘mental’ & ‘mad’ jibe: Psychiatry body to poll panel

The Indian Psychiatry Society (IPS) has requested the Election Commission of India to put a ban on the use of words like mental instability and mad.These words are used by politicians while describing their opponents during the election campaign. The Indian Psychiatry Society has said that the words used by politicians are discriminatory, inhuman and… Continue reading Bar use of ‘mental’ & ‘mad’ jibe: Psychiatry body to poll panel

Put off loan waiver payments till poll ends, EC tells Karnataka

Election commission has asked the Karnataka Government to stop the transfer of money to the loan accounts of farmers under the farm-loan waiver scheme. The decision to stop the scheme temporarily was taken after the model code of conduct came into force ahead of the Lok Sabha election. Further,the scheme entailed cash transfer to the… Continue reading Put off loan waiver payments till poll ends, EC tells Karnataka

Election Commission sets pre-poll deadline for manifestos

The Election Commission has amended the Part 8 of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).It deals with the election manifesto. The amended model code states that (a)In case of single phase election,manifesto shall not be released during the prohibitory period and (b)In case of multi-phase elections,manifesto shall not be released during the prohibitory periods of… Continue reading Election Commission sets pre-poll deadline for manifestos

Parties may find it hard to raise Sabarimala issue in campaign

Kerala’s Chief Electoral Officer said that political parties invoking the Sabarimala temple during campaigning would be considered as the violation of Model code of conduct(MCC).MCC came into force after the Election Commission announced the dates for General election,2019. The Model Code of Conduct is a set of general guidelines for model behaviour during elections to… Continue reading Parties may find it hard to raise Sabarimala issue in campaign

No campaigning with defence staff posters: EC

The Election Commission of India has instructed political parties to keep India’s defence personnel out of election campaigning and not to use their photographs in advertisements.It was issued as Model code of Conduct is to come into effect after the EC announces Election dates. The Election Commission’s Model Code of Conduct is a set of… Continue reading No campaigning with defence staff posters: EC

Model Code of Conduct to apply immediately after premature dissolution of House: EC

Model Code of Conduct to apply immediately after premature dissolution of House: EC News: Model code of Conduct to come into effect immediately after premature dissolution of Legislative Assembly. Important Facts: Until now, the model code of conduct was applicable only with announcement of poll schedule by the Election Commission. Caretaker government has been asked… Continue reading Model Code of Conduct to apply immediately after premature dissolution of House: EC