The Election Commission on Friday issued directions barring political parties from using or allowing the use of public funds, public space or government machinery for carrying out activities that amount to advertisement for the parties or propagating their election symbols. The ECI has issued these directions in the wake of the High Court July 2016 order and considering the views of political parties.
ECI order bars political parties from using public space, public funds or government machinery for carrying out activities propagate party election symbols or advertise them. It has clarified that above directions violates the lawful direction of it within the meaning of paragraph 16A of the Election Symbols (Reservation & Allotment) Order. The clause 16A of the Order confers power on ECI to suspend or withdraw recognition of a recognised political party fails to follow its lawful directions and instructions or to observe Model Code of Conduct.