Haryana polls: EC issues guidelines for political parties

Chandigarh: Election Commission of India has issued guidelines to be followed by party in power during elections to the State Assembly slated for October 13.

Stating this here today, Haryana's Chief Electoral Officer Sajjan Singh said that as per the guidelines, the party in power, whether at the Centre or in the State or States concerned, 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 Ministers shall not combine their official visit with electioneering work and shall not also make use of official machinery or personnel during the electioneering work.

"Ministers and other authorities shall not sanction grants or payments out of discretionary funds from the time elections are announced by the Commission", he said.

Ministers and other authorities shall not announce any financial grants in any form or promises thereof or except civil servants, lay foundation stones etc. of projects or schemes of any kind; or make any promise of construction of roads, provision of drinking water facilities etc. or make any ad-hoc appointments in Government, Public Undertakings etc. which may have the effect of influencing the voters in favour of the party in power.

Bureau Report