The standing committee constituted under the guidelines of the election commission to conduct fair polls at Mandi held its first meeting here on Wednesday.
Mandi deputy commissioner-cum-returning officer Devesh Kumar presided over the meeting.
The committee asked parties and candidates to follow guidelines issued under the model code of conduct and warned them to refrain from defacing public or private property by pasting posters.
The committee issued guidelines and said no party or candidate will indulge in any activity that might aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities, religious or linguistic.
The committee said criticism of other political parties, when made, should be confined to their policies and programmes, past record and work and parties and candidates shall refrain from criticism of all aspects of private life, not connected with the public activities of the leaders or workers of other parties.
The committee said no political party or candidate shall permit its followers to make use of any individual's land, building or compound wall without his/her permission for erecting flag staffs, suspending banners, pasting notices or writing slogans.
The committee asked the parties to refrain from corrupt practices such as impersonation, bribing and inducement of voters.
The committee issued orders under Section 144 of the CrPC and asked common people to deposit arms in nearby police stations till declaration of poll results and lifting of model code of conduct.