DIMAPUR, APR 11 : Chief Electoral Officer, Nagaland J.Alam IAS, has reiterated the Model Code of Conduct announced by the Election Commission of India for conduct of by-election to legislative assembly for 26-Aonglenden Assembly Constituency, which has come into force w.e.f March 30 till the end of the election.
As per the EC conduct, ministers are not to combine their official visit with electioneering work and not to use official machinery or personnel during the electioneering work. All government rest houses or dak bungalows or any other government accommodation should not be monopolized by the party in power or its candidates and such accommodation be allowed to be used by other parties and candidates in a fair manner but no party or candidate shall 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.
Further, it stated that issuing of advertisement at the cost of public exchequer in the newspapers and other media and the misuse of official mass media during the election period for partisan coverage of political news and publicity regarding achievements with a view to furthering the prospects of the party in power should be scrupulously avoided.
From the time elections are announced by the ECI, ministers and other authorities shall not: (a) Announce any financial grants in any form or make promises thereof (b) (Except civil servants) lay foundation stones etc of projects or schemes of any kind (c) Make any promise of construction of roads, provision of drinking water facilities etc (d) make any ad-hoc appointments in government, public undertakings etc which might have the effect of influencing the voters in favour of the party in power.
The poll conduct also stated that no advertisements shall be issued in electronic and print media highlighting the achievements of the government at the cost of public exchequer. If any advertisement has already been released for telecast/broadcast or publication in the print media, the poll conduct stated it must be ensured that the telecast/broadcast of such ads or electronic media is stopped forthwith and that no such advertisement is published in any newspapers, magazines, etc, in print media with immediate effect and that it should be immediately withdrawn.
The ECI also directed a total ban on the transfer of all officers/officials connected with the conduct of the election.