With the announcement of schedule for Lok Sabha and by-election to the four Assembly Constituencies in the state and subsequent enforcement of model code of conduct, Nagaland chief electoral officer, C. J. Ponraj briefed administrative heads of departments and heads of departments on importance of model code of conduct and its obligation till the end of the electioneering process. Briefing the officers during AHoDs and HoDs meeting in Kohima Thursday, Ponraj said rules and regulations imposed by Election Commission during election was not anti-development but it was being imposed to provide a ‘level playing field’ to all political parties whether party in ruling or in opposition.
Clarifying certain doubts raised by some senior officers on the compliance of the Model Code of Conduct, Ponraj said that day-to-day government activities and ongoing implementation of schemes and projects and funds released towards these would not come under purview of Model Code of Conduct. He however said inaugurations dedication and commissioning of completed projects by ministers, parliamentary secretaries, MLAs would constitute violation of code of conduct. However, such inauguration could be done by government officials.