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General Instructions to Political Parties/
- No party or candidate shall indulge in or commit any activity which is prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony or which may aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities, religious or linguistic and disturb or is likely to disturb the public tranquility. (5. 153 A IPC)
- Criticism of contesting candidate sponsored by 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 candidate, leaders or workers of parties. Criticism of other candidate or their workers based on unverified allegations or on distortion shall be avoided. (5. 22 (4) DMC Act)
- There shall be no appeal by a candidate or by any other person, to vote or refer in from voting on wounds of caste, race, community or religion or the use of or appeal to religious symbols or, the use of or appeal to, national symbols such as the national flag or the national emblem, for the furtherance of the prospects of that candidate's election. (5.22 (3) DMC Act)
- 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 polling station, holding public meetings during the period of 48 hours ending with the hour fixed for the close of the poll, and the transport and conveyance of voters to and from polling station. (5. 22 of DMC Act & S. 1 71 >A to 171 IPC)
- No candidate, his agent supporter or his worker or worker of a political party shall hold any meeting during course of election, in which intoxication liquors are served. (s.22(6) DMC Act)
- No person shall print or publish or cause to be printed or published any election pamphlet, poster, circular, placard etc. which does not bear on its face the names and addresses of the printer and the publisher thereof. (5.22(7) DMC Act)
- A party or a candidate shall sec -authorities well in time, of the venue and time of any c proposed meeting and to enable the police to accord permission and to make necessary arrangements for controlling traffic and maintaining peace and order.
- 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.
- If permission of licence is to be obtained for the use of loudspeakers or any other facility in connection with any proposed meeting, the party or candidate shall apply to the authority concerned well in advance and obtained such permission or licence.
- Organisers of a meeting shall invariabley 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.
- The tight of every individual for peaceful and undisturved 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 restored to under any circumstances.
- 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.
- 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 shall by another political party by putting questions orally or in writing or by disturbing leaflets of their f the own party, Processions shall not be taken out by one party along places at which meetings are d on being held by another party. Posters issued by one party shall not be removed by workers of another party.