Political Parties Can No Longer Use Public Funds For ‘Publicity’, EC Issues Strict Orders

2:59 pm 8 Oct, 2016


The Election Commission (EC) on October 7 said that no political party would be allowed to use public funds and government machinery to carry out activities that amount to any advertisement for the political parties.

They thus directed all political parties that henceforth they should not allow anyone to the use any of the public funds, public place or government machinery to advertise the political party or use election symbol allotted to them to propagate themselves.

 

Making sure that their order is not taken lightly, the commission even clarified that all violations would be treated as a ‘violation of the lawful direction of the Commission’.


The EC gave this order following a Delhi High Court’s judgment that came in July.

The High Court  had reprimanded the poll panel on a plea that sought cancellation of Bahujan Samaj Party symbol ‘elephant’ for allegedly misusing public funds.

 

The plea had said that the erstwhile Mayawati government had misused the public funds by installing its elephant statues across the state of Uttar Pradesh.

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