EC asks ministers not to use govt machinery for political work

In order to strictly implement the model code of conduct in poll-bound Tamil Nadu, the Election Commission restrained ministers from using government machinery for political visits.

Last Updated: Mar 06, 2011, 17:51 PM IST

Chennai: In order to strictly implement
the model code of conduct in poll-bound Tamil Nadu, the
Election Commission on Sunday restrained ministers from using
government machinery for political visits.

All visits of Central and state government ministers
will be videographed, state Chief Electoral officer (CEO),
Praveen Kumar said.

"In case of visits of Union ministers, no protocol of
official vehicles or other official assistance should be
provided if they have come for political or private visits,"
he said in an official press release in Chennai.

He said their official visits have to be certified to
Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary by the Union Secretary in advance,
and visits cannot be combined with private or political work.

Similarly, state government Ministers cannot make
official visits during this period and no official vehicle,
except those already notified as per security classification
need to be provided to Ministers, he said.

Ministers cannot combine official visits with
electioneering and cannot use official machinery or personnel,
he said.

PTI