The Election Commission of India on Tuesday instructed the Chief Electoral Officers of all five poll-bound states of Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Goa that photos of Prime Minister, Cheif Ministers and political leaders in all hoardings and advertisement should be removed. As per reports by NDTV, the poll panel has asked to remove photos of Prime Minister, Chief Minister and leaders from hoardings.
The ECI on January 8 issued instructions to candidates to submit no objection certification (NOC) obtained from the property owner to district election officials. It also mentioned that there was no issue if any person installed a hoarding of any political party or leader on his private property but the cost of that hoarding would be added to the candidate’s expenditure list.
ECI instructs Chief Electoral Officers of 5 poll bound states that photos of political leaders in all hoardings,ads shld be removed/covered.
The order was in compliance with the model code of conduct that has come into effect with the announcement of Election Commission of India on January 4. The Election Commission had given 24 hours to the political parties for removing publicity material in the city, which has ended now. Strict action will be taken against the candidate if any illegal hoardings and boards are found installed in the city.
The Congress on Monday approached the ECI and asked it to order the removal of hoardings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s photos at petrol pumps in the five poll-bound states. The leaders of the Congress party argued that this was in violation of the Model Code of Conduct.
Soon after the Election Commission of India announced the polling dates in all five poll-bound states, the model code of conduct came into immediate effect. Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said nearly 160 Million voters will be participating in the polls and mentioned that the model code of conduct comes into immediate effect. These set of rules in the model code of conduct starts governing the conduct of political parties to prevent any use of unfair means by anyone whether incumbent or in opposition.