Pune Municipal Corporation Issues Guidelines for Lok Sabha Elections: Dos and Don’ts Unveiled

Ahead of May 13 Polls, PMC Outlines Rules to Ensure Fair and Peaceful Electoral Process

Pune News : As Pune gears up for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections scheduled for May 13, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has rolled out a set of dos and don’ts to govern the conduct of candidates and political parties during the electoral process. These guidelines aim to maintain fairness, transparency, and peace throughout the election period.

Outlined through the official social media handle of PMC, the dos encompass several key provisions:

  1. Continuation of ongoing programs announced prior to the election announcement, ensuring continuity in developmental activities.
  2. Permissible relief efforts for areas affected by natural disasters, highlighting the importance of humanitarian initiatives during times of crisis.
  3. Encouragement of criticism against opposing political parties and candidates, albeit strictly focusing on their policies and work rather than resorting to personal attacks.
  4. Upholding the right of every individual to a peaceful and undisturbed home life, emphasizing the importance of respecting privacy and tranquility during the electoral process.

Conversely, the list of don’ts includes strict prohibitions aimed at preserving the integrity of the electoral process and preventing any form of undue influence:

  1. Prohibition of publicly funded advertisements promoting party or government achievements, ensuring a level playing field for all candidates.
  2. Bar on ministers from entering polling stations or counting centers unless they are registered candidates or voters, safeguarding the neutrality of polling venues.
  3. Strict prohibition against appealing to voters based on religion, caste, or community, underscoring the principle of secularism and equal representation.
  4. Warning against activities that may incite hatred or tension between different social groups, fostering an environment of inclusivity and harmony.

By disseminating these guidelines, PMC aims to foster a conducive environment for free and fair elections, wherein the democratic rights of citizens are respected, and electoral processes are conducted with integrity and transparency.

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