No releasing manifestos 48 hrs before polling: EC

No releasing manifestos 48 hrs before polling: EC
NEW DELHI, MAR 16 | Publish Date: 3/16/2019 11:40:34 AM IST

Election Commission on Saturday barred political parties from releasing election manifestos in the last 48 hours before polling.

The commission has now made the release of election manifestos a part of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), which is a set of rules to be followed by parties after elections are announced.

The amended model code now states, “In case of single phase election, manifesto shall not be released during the prohibitory period, as prescribed under Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act 1951.

“In case of multi-phase elections, manifesto shall not be released during the prohibitory periods, as prescribed under Section 126 of the RP Act of all the phases of those elections.” Section 126 of the act embodies “election silence”, which prohibits any form of election campaign in the last 48 hours leading up to voting.

In 2014, the BJP had released its Lok Sabha manifesto on the day of voting in the first phase. Although Congress had complained to EC, stating this would influence voters, the EC was unable to act since the MCC is silent on the timing of the manifesto’s release.

A panel formed by the EC had recently recommended that parties be barred from releasing manifesto in the last 72 hours before polling. While several parties were silent on the issue, the Congress had opposed the proposal. Since model code is not a law, any violation leads to a reprimand by the EC.

Won’t accept PVS as a stand-alone ID for voting: EC
DIMAPUR, MAR 16 (NPN): In view of the ensuing Lok Sabha polls and be-election to 26 Aonglenden assembly constituency, the Election Commission has notified that Photo Voter Slip (PVS) would not be accepted as a stand-alone identification document for voting although it would continue to be prepared and issued to electors as part of the awareness building exercise. 
In a public notice, the chief electoral officer (CEO) Nagaland, Abhijit Sinha, has informed all electors who have been issued Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC) to produce the EPIC for their identification at the polling station before casting their votes.
Further, the CEO has informed that those electors who were not able to produce EPIC would produce one of the following alternative photo identity documents for establishing their identity: Passport; Driving License; Service Identity Cards with photograph; Passbooks with photograph; PAN Card; Smart Card issued by RGI under NPR; MNREGA Job Card; Health Insurance Smart Card issued under the scheme of Ministry of Labour; Pension document with photograph; Official Identity Cards issued to MPs/ MLAs/ MLCs; and Aadhaar Card.


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