Lok Sabha Polls: Remove All Unauthorised Political Ads, EC Tells Cabinet Secretary and Chief Secretaries

Lok Sabha Polls: Remove All Unauthorised Political Ads, EC Tells Cabinet Secretary and Chief Secretaries

Lok Sabha elections will be held in seven phases between April 19 and June 1. The counting of votes will be done on June 4. (PTI/File)

In the letter, the Election Commission said it has been receiving complaints from various quarters alleging that unauthorised political advertisements are still being displayed in many places across the country

Despite the announcement of Lok Sabha elections 2024 on March 16, unauthorised political advertisements are still being displayed in many places across the country, forcing the Election Commission of India to write to the Union Cabinet Secretary, Chief Secretaries of all states and Chief Electoral Officers to immediately remove all such posters.

According to sources, the action is being taken on the complaints filed by the Congress.

In the letter issued on Wednesday, the poll body reminded its recipients about the immediate action to be taken on the enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct.

“…it was directed to ensure strict compliance of the instruction regarding removal of defacement from government, public and private property. All unauthorised political advertisements, in the form of wall writings, posters, papers or defacement in any other form, cutouts/hoardings, banner flags etc were ordered to be removed in a time bound manner from public spaces like railway stations, bus stands, airports, railway bridges, roadways, government buses… and strict compliance in this was to be ensured,” the EC said.

It added that the commission has been receiving complaints from various quarters alleging that unauthorised political advertisements are still being displayed in many places across the country.

“The Commission has taken a serious note of the non-compliance/partial-compliance of its instructions and hereby directs all State/UT Governments to immediately remove all unauthorised political advertisements and ensure full compliance of its aforesaid instructions,” the poll body said.

In addition, the EC has also sought a compliance report by 5pm on Thursday.

The EC announced Lok Sabha elections across the country on March 16, bringing into effect the Model Code of Conduct.

“The Model Code of Conduct comes into effect immediately from the announcement of schedule. All the provisions of the Model Code will apply to all States/UTs with regard to all candidates, political parties and the government of the said States. The provisions of Model Code of Conduct will also be applicable to the Union Government,” the EC said last week.

Lok Sabha elections will be held in seven phases between April 19 and June 1. The counting of votes will be done on June 4.

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