The EC (Election Commission) has settled to relax the Model Code of Conduct, on an experimental basis, by permitting partial implementation of developmental schemes in those districts where by-polls will be held on June 12, 2012.
Why this decision was taken by EC?
The EC order came after several states, where by-elections are being held, gave representations stating that the enforcement of model code affects the developmental works in the entire district, while only a part of the district may be involved in the election process.
NOT applicable to the entire districts: Thus, the EC has now decided on an experimental basis that the model code shall now be applicable only in respect of areas falling in the Assembly constituencies / Parliamentary constituency going for bye-election and not to the entire districts in which such constituency is situated.
Applicable to the entire districts: The EC yet, held that all other existing instructions on Model Code of Conduct on matters like tours of ministers, vehicles, advertisements, use of government guest houses, and all persisting Commission’s instructions including transfers of officers etc. shall persist to remain applicable to the whole districts in which the constituency having the bye-election is located.