I. General Conduct
(1) No party or candidate shall indulge in any activity
which may aggravate existing difference or create mutual hatred or cause
tension between different castes and communities, religious or linguistic.
(2) Criticism of other political parties, when made, shall
be confined to their policies and programme, past record and work. Parties
and candidates shall refrain from criticism of all aspects of private
life, not connected with the public activities of the leaders or workers
of other parties. Criticism of other parties or their workers based on
unverified allegations or on distortion shall be avoided.
(3) There shall be no appeal to caste or communal feelings
for securing votes. Mosques, Churches,
(4) All parties and candidates shall avoid scrupulously all
activities which are "corrupt practices" and offences under the
election law, such as the bribing of voters, intimidation of voters,
personation of voters, canvassing within 100 meters of a polling station,
holding public meetings during the period of 48 hours before the
commencement of the poll for both Rural and Urban Local bodies elections, and
the transport and conveyance of voters to and from polling station.
(5) The right of every individual for peaceful and
undisturbed home life shall be respected, however much the political
parties or candidates may resent his political opinions or activities.
Organising demonstration or picketing before the houses of individuals by
way of protesting against their opinions or activities shall not be
resorted to under any circumstances.
(6) No political party or candidate shall permit its or his
followers to make use of any individual's land, building, compound wall,
etc, without his permission for erecting flag - staffs, suspending
banners, pasting notices, writing slogans, etc,.
(7) Political parties and candidates shall ensure that
their supporters do not create obstructions in or break up meetings and
processions organised by the other parties. Workers or sympathisers of one
political party shall not create disturbances at public meetings organised
by another political party by putting questions orally or in writing or by
distributing leaflets of their own party. Processions shall not be taken
out by one party along places at which meeting are being held by another
party. Posters issued by one party shall not be removed by workers of
(1) The party or candidate shall inform the local police
authorities of the venue and time of any proposed meeting well in time so
as to enable the police to make necessary arrangements for controlling
traffic and maintaining peace and order.
(2) A party or candidate shall ascertain in advance if
there are any restrictive or prohibitory orders in force in the place
proposed for the meeting. If such orders exist, they shall be followed
strictly. If any exemption is required from such orders it shall be
applied for and obtained well in time.
(3) If permission of license is to be obtained for the use
of loud speakers or any other facility in connection with any proposed
meeting, the party or candidate shall apply to the authority concerned
well in advance and obtain such permission or license.
(4) Organisers of a meeting shall invariably seek the
assistance of the police on duty for dealing with persons disturbing a
meeting or otherwise attempting to create disorder. Organisers themselves
shall not take action against such persons.
(1) A party or candidate organising a procession shall
decide before hand the time and place of the starting of procession, the
route to be followed and time and place at which the procession will
terminate. There shall ordinarily be no deviation from the programme.
(2) The organisers shall give advance intimation to the
local police authorities of the programme so as to enable the latter to
make necessary arrangements.
(3) The organisers shall ascertain if any restrictive
orders are in force in the localities through which the procession has to
pass, and shall comply with the restrictions unless exempted specially by
competent authority. Any traffic regulations or restrictions shall also be
carefully adhered to.
(4) The organisers shall take steps in advance to arrange
for passage of the procession so that there is no block or hindrance to
traffic. If the procession is very long, it shall be organised in segments
of suitable lengths, so that at convenient intervals, especially at points
where the procession has to pass road junctions, the passage of heldup
traffic could be allowed by stages thus avoiding heavy traffic congestion.
(5) Procession shall be so regulated as to keep as much to
the right of the road as possible and the direction and advice of the
police on duty shall be strictly complied with.
(6) If two or more political parties or candidates propose
to take procession over the same route or parts thereof at about the same
time, the organisers shall establish contact well in advance and decide
upon the measure to be taken to see that the processions do not clash or
cause hindrance to traffic. The assistance of the local police shall be
availed of for arriving at a satisfactory arrangement. For this purpose,
the parties shall contact the police at the earliest opportunity.
(7) The political parties or candidates shall exercise
control to the maximum extent possible in the matter of processionists
carrying articles which may be put to misuse by undesirable elements,
especially in moments of excitement.
(8) The carrying of effigies purporting to represent
members of other political parties or their leaders, burning such effigies
in public and such other forms of demonstration shall not be countananced
by any political party or candidate.
IV. Polling Day
All political parties and candidates shall -
(i) Co-operate with the officers on election duty to ensure
peaceful and orderly polling and complete freedom to the voters to
exercise their Franchise without being subjected to any annoyance or
(ii) supply to their authorised workers suitable badges or
(iii) agree that the identity slips supplied by them to
voters shall be on plain (white) papers and shall not contain any symbol,
name of the candidate or the name of the party;
(iv) refrain from serving or distributing liquor on polling
day and during the twenty - four hours preceeding it;
(v) not allow unnecessary crowds to be collected near the
camps set up by the political parties and candidates near the polling
booths so as to avoid confrontation and tension among workers and
sympathisers of the parties and candidate;
(vi) ensure that the candidate's camps shall be simple-They
shall not display any posters, flags, symbols or any other propaganda
material. No eatables shall be served or crowds allowed at the camps; and
(vii) Co-operate with the authorities in complying with the
restrictions to be imposed on the plying of vehicles on the polling day
and obtain permits for them which should be displayed prominently on those
V. Polling Booth
Excepting the voters, no one without valid pass from the
Deputy Commissioner/the State Election Commission shall enter the polling
VI. Party in Power
The party in power shall ensure that no cause is given for
any complaint that it has used its official position for the purposes of
its election campaign, and in particular-
(i)(a) the Ministers shall not combine their official visit
with electioneering work and shall not also make use of official machinery
or personnel during electioneering work;
(b) govt. transport and personnel shall not be used for
furtherance of the interest of the party in power;
(ii) public places such as maidans etc., for holding
election meetings, shall not be monopolised by itself. Other parties and
candidates shall be allowed the use of such places and facility on the
same terms and conditions on which they are used by the party in power;
(iii) rest houses, dak bungalows or the Government
accommodation shall not be monopolised by the party in power or its
candidates and such accommodation shall 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;
(iv) issue of advertisement at the cost of public exchequer
in the news papers and other media and the misuses 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 shall be scrupulously avoided.
(v) ministers and other authorities shall not sanction
grants/payments out of discretionary funds from the time elections are
announced by the Commission, and
(vi) from the time the elections are announced by the
Commission, Ministers and other authorities shall not--
(a) announce any financial grants in any form or promises
(b) lay foundation stones etc. of projects or schemes of
any kind; or
(c) make any promise of construction of roads, provision of
drinking water facilities etc,
(d) make adhoc appointments in Government, Public
which may have effect of influencing the voters in favour
of the party in power.
(vii) ministers shall not enter any polling station or
place of counting except in their capacity as a candidate or voter or
The paras above contain only broad guidelines. The State
Election Commission would be issuing Orders, Directions and Suggestions
for the purpose of strict observance of the Code of Conduct.
The code of conduct will come into force from the date of
announcement of Poll dates or any specific date as prescribed by the State Election Commission and will be in force till the completion of