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Model code of conduct comes into force
Kohima, Mar 3 (NPN):
Published on 4 Mar. 2009 1:50 AM IST
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With the announcement of schedules for the election to the lone Lok Sabha seat and by-elections to the four Assembly constituencies in the state on March 2, the model code of conduct has come into force with immediate effect and will remain in force till the completion of the general elections. Chief Electoral Officer, Nagaland CJ Ponraj in an official notification on Tuesday said as per the directives of the Election Commission of India the ministers will not combine their official visits with electioneering work and not use official machinery or personnel during electioneering work. No government transport including official aircraft, vehicles, machinery and personnel will be used for furtherance of interest of the party in power. Rest houses, dak bunglows or other government accommodation will not be monopolized by the party in power or its candidates. Such accommodation will be allowed to be used by other parties and candidates in a fair manner but no party or candidate will use or be allowed to use such accommodation (including premises appertaining thereto) as a campaign office or for holding any public meeting for the purposes of election propaganda. The notification said issue advertisements at the cost of public exchequer in newspapers and the misuse of official mass media during election period for partisan coverage of political news and publicity regarding achievements are not allowed. It also said ministers and other authorities will not sanction grants/payments out of discretionary funds from the time of announcement of election schedule. They will also not announce financial grants in any form or promises thereof, lay foundation stones etc of projects or schemes of any kind (except civil servants), make any promise of construction of roads, provision of drinking facilities etc and make any ad hoc appointments in government, public undertakings etc which may influence the voters in favour of the party in power. Ministers of central or state government will not enter any polling station or place of counting except in their capacity as a candidate or voter or authorized agent. The EC has also banned transfer of all officers/officials connected with the conduct of election. The notification also said no fresh release of funds under MP, including Rajya Sabha, Local Area Development Fund will be made in any part of the state where election is in progress and no fresh release of funds under MLAs Local Area Development Fund will be made , if any scheme is in operation, till completion of election process. It also said no work may be started for which the work order had been issued. And such works where the work has actually not started in the field can be started after completion of the election process. However, the work which has already started can continue. There will be no bar to the release of payments for completed work(s) subject to the full satisfaction of the officials concerned. The EC further directed that no official vehicles can be used for electioneering works

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