Saturday, April 20, 2019

Model Code of Conduct

Model Code of Conduct


In 2014, The EC had held that Modi violated the provisions of the Model Code of Conduct that prohibits anyone from canvassing within 100 m of a polling booth.On the EC’s orders, the Gujarat Police had filed two FIRs against Modi.
Narendra Modi, the then prime ministerial candidate, violated the model code of conduct by displaying the BJP’s election symbol “lotus” and then addressing the gathered media near a polling booth after casting his vote in Ahmedabad on April 30, 2014.



The Election Commission (EC) issued an order to lodge an FIR against Modi for violating the model code of conduct.
Ahmedabad Police had registered a case against Modi and others on the instruction of the commission under Sections 126 (1)(a) and 126 (1)(b) of the Representation of the People Act and Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code for violating section 144 of the CrPC.
Congress’ Rahul Gandhi was also pulled up by the EC in December 2017 for his television interviews a day before the final phase of voting in Gujarat.
The EC had directed Gujarat’s chief election officer BB Swain to file an FIR against channels in the state that telecast Rahul Gandhi’s interview. Rahul Gandhi was also asked to explain his conduct.
The Election Commission has ordered that social media posts of a poster showing Wing Commandar Abhinandan, shared by a BJP leader, be taken down.
EC issued a general advisory on December 4, 2013, that called upon the political parties, their leaders and candidates to desist from displaying photographs of defencepersonnelor functions involving them in advertisements, or otherwise, as part of their election propaganda.
The Commission, in the advisory, had said that the Armed Forces of a nation are the guardian of its frontiers, security and the political system. They were apolitical and neutral stakeholders in a modern democracy.
The Model Code of Conduct (MCC) is simply a set of guidelines issued by the EC to ensure free and fair polls.It comes into force from the day the EC announces the schedule for the Lok Sabha elections till the date the results are announced
According to Article 324 of the Constitution, the EC has the power to monitor the Centre, all the state governments, all the candidates and their respective.

The Model Code of Conduct deals with eight provisions

1.General conduct
2.Meetings
3.Processions
4.Polling day
5.Polling booths
6.Observers
7.Party in power
8.Election manifestos

1.General Conduct: Criticism of political parties must be limited to their policies and programmes, past record and work. Activities such as: 
(a) using caste and communal feelings to secure votes, 
(b) criticising candidates on the basis of unverified reports
(c) bribing or intimidation of voters, and 
(d) organising demonstrations or picketing outside houses of persons to protest against their opinions, are prohibited. 
2.Meetings: Parties must inform the local police authorities of the venue and time of any meeting in time to enable the police to make adequate security arrangements. 
3.Processions: If two or more candidates plan processions along the same route, organisers must establish contact in advance to ensure that the processions do not clash. Carrying and burning effigies representing members of other political parties is not allowed.
4. Polling day: All authorised party workers at polling booths should be given identity badges. These should not contain the party name, symbol or name of the candidate. 
5. Polling booths: Only voters, and those with a valid pass from the Election Commission, will be allowed to enter polling booths. 
6. Observers: The Election Commission will appoint observers to whom any candidates may report problems regarding the conduct of the election. 
7. Party in power: The MCC incorporated certain restrictions in 1979, regulating the conduct of the party in power. Ministers must not combine official visits with election work or use official machinery for the same. The party must avoid advertising at the cost of the public exchequer or using official mass media for publicity on achievements to improve chances of victory in the elections. Ministers and other authorities must not announce any financial grants, or promise any construction of roads, provision of drinking water, etc. Other parties must be allowed to use public spaces and rest houses and these must not be monopolised by the party in power. 
8. Election manifestos: Added in 2013, these guidelines prohibit parties from making promises that exert an undue influence on voters, and suggest that manifestos also indicate the means to achieve promises.

Is the Model Code of Conduct legally binding?

•The MCC is NOTenforceable by law. 
However, certain provisions of the MCC may be enforced through invoking corresponding provisions in other statutes such as the Indian Penal Code, 1860, Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, and Representation of the People Act, 1951. 
The EChas argued against making the MCC legally binding;statingthat elections must be completed within a relatively short time (close to 45 days), and judicial proceedings typically take longer, therefore it is not feasible to make it enforceable by law. 
On the other hand, in 2013, theStanding Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice, recommended making the MCC legally binding. It recommended that the MCC be made a part of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.

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J&K govt blocking of a highway

J&K govt blocking of a highway

Why in News?


The J&K govt. issued an order banning the movement of civilian traffic on a 270-km stretch (Udhampur-Baramulla) of the Jammu-Srinagar-Uri national highway for two days every week.


Why is thhighway important?


Jammu-Srinagar-Uri national highway (NH-1A) 
Road link that connects Kashmir to the outside world 
The highway, directly and indirectly, impacts a population of over 69 lakh.

Govt. Reasons

The government has cited the recent suicide bombing of a security forces convoy in Pulwama which killed 40 CRPF personnel as the reason for restricting traffics.

Implications

Lockdown 
Closing the highway during daytime would mean that most government and private offices, banks, schools and colleges would remain shut on Wednesdays and the movement of people to hospitals would be severely restricted on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Anotheviabloption

Had the government decided to move security convoys at night, the impact on civilian traffic movement could have been much less. 
Train Journey 
Specific hours

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National Cow Commission

National Cow Commision

Why in News?

The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal for establishment of National Cow Commission (Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog


What is National Cow Commission?

Work in collaboration with other government institutions 
Provide a framework for cow conservation 
Aayog will lead to conservation, protection and development of cattle population 
Scientific activities for genetic upgradation and increasing productivity of cows.

Background

Union Minister, in interim budget, announced that Rs 750 crore would be allocated for the Rashtriya Gokul Mission. Under the scheme, a Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog’ would be set up.

Significance

Conservation, protection and development of cattle population. 
Development and conservation of indigenous breeds
Increased growth of livestock sector 

Rashtriya Gokul Mission

It is a project under National Programme for Bovine Breeding and Dairy Development
Moreover, The objectives of this mission includes Conservation of indigenous breeds and their development to improve their genetic makeup, enhancing the milk productivity and distribution of disease free high genetic merit bulls for natural service. 
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CAN EVM BE HACKED?

ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINE

Electronic Voting Machine (also known as EVM) is voting using electronic means to either aid or take care of the chores of casting and counting votes. 
An EVM is designed with two units: the control unit and the balloting unit. These units are joined together by a cable. 
The control unit of the EVM is kept with the presiding officer or the polling officer. The balloting unit is kept within the voting compartment for electors to cast their votes.


PROCEDURE TO USE

The control unit is with the presiding officer or a polling officer and the balloting Unit is placed inside the voting compartment. 
The balloting unit presents the voter with blue buttons horizontally labeled with corresponding party symbol and candidate names. 
The voter has to cast his vote by once pressing the blue button on the balloting unit against the candidate and symbol of his choice. As soon as the last voter has voted, the Polling Officer-in-charge of the Control Unit will press the 'Close' Button. Thereafter, the EVM will not accept any votes.

SECURITIES ISSUES

The researchers suggest moving to a voting system that provides greater transparency, such as paper ballots, precinct count optical scan, or a voter verified paper audit trail. 
But Election Commission of India points out that for such tampering of the EVMs, one needs physical access to EVMs, and pretty high tech skills are required. 
Given that EVMs are stored under strict security which can be monitored by candidates or their agents all the time, its impossible to gain physical access to the machines. Plus, to impact the results of an election, hundreds to thousands of machines will be needed to tamper with.

CAN IT BE HACKED?

1)Hackers cannot tamper with Indian EVMs. Our EVMs are secure and cannot be hacked (among many other reasons) because they are not connected to the internet. 
2) For anyone to access hundreds of thousands of EVMs in India, break the seals and replace parts on a mass scale needed for rigging elections is impossible as all the machines are guarded by troops and by representatives of all political parties as well.
3)Isn't it possible to simply programme the EVM at the manufacturing stage to record all votes for one candidate? This is simply meaningless. A key issue preventing the transfer of votes from one button to another is that nobody knows what order the candidates or parties will be listed on the EVM till after the last date of withdrawing nomination papers. 
4) In fact, ballot paper-based voting is subject to much more fiddling and manipulation. In the days of ballot papers, a party used to capture polling booths and stamp all the ballot papers in their favour.
5) The technology, the design and the thought process behind India's EVMs are admired across the world. Many election experts have visited and tested our EVMs. We should be proud of India's EVMs instead of falsely using them as a scapegoat when a party loses an election 
6) Finally - the Election Commission has devised EVMs with a paper trail.
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