The Election Commission of India today issued guidelines to curb the misuse of official vehicles during elections and tours of ministers during the Model Code of Conduct for the ensuing Moga by-election.
A spokesperson of Chief Electoral Officer Punjab said that the ministers should not combine their official visit with electioneering work and should also not make use of their official machinery and personnel during the elections.
He said government transport including official air-crafts, vehicles, machinery and personnel shall not be used for furtherance of the interest of the party in power. Public places such as grounds etc for holding election meetings and use of helipads for air-flights in connection with elections shall not be monopolised by the party in power.
Other parties and candidates shall be allowed to use such places and facilities on the same terms and conditions on which they are used by the party in power, added the spokersperson.
He further said that these instructions shall come into effect from the date of announcement of elections till the completion of elections.
He said that the commission directs that there shall be a total and absolute ban on the use of official vehicle for campaigning, electioneering or election related travel during election. There shall be total prohibition on the use of any vehicle such as helicopters, aircrafts, cars; jeeps belonging to the state government or any other body in which public funds however portion of the total are invested for any purpose connected with the election by any political party, candidate or any other person connected with the election.
He said the use of such vehicles belonging to any of these authorities by anyone including ministers of the state government even on payment or on tours connected with elections but with the alleged and bogusly certified purpose of election work in their election capacity as ministers is totally prohibited.