Election Commission Issues Second Suo Motu Report on MCC Enforcement During GE 2024

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GG News Bureau
New Delhi, 15th May. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has released its second suo motu report detailing the enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) during the General Elections of 2024. The report indicates significant progress in addressing complaints and ensuring a fair electoral process.

With over 90% of complaints disposed of, the Commission notes a remarkable reduction in major grievances from political parties, except for the Indian National Congress (INC) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Throughout the campaign period, the electoral landscape remained relatively peaceful, with fewer instances of violence, noise, and inducement. The Commission commended the overall conduct of the elections, emphasizing the enthusiastic participation of voters across various regions, including Manipur, Tripura, West Bengal, and Jammu and Kashmir.

In particular, the Commission urges star campaigners, especially those representing national parties, to lead by example and refrain from actions that could disrupt the social harmony of the nation.

Key highlights from the report include:

Transparency Initiative: The Commission remains committed to transparency, regularly updating the status of MCC enforcement based on political party complaints to ensure stakeholders, including voters and political parties, are informed about measures taken to maintain a level playing field.

Disposal of Complaints: Approximately 425 major complaints were filed, with actions taken or matters disposed of in 400 cases. Notably, the Commission addressed grievances from INC, BJP, and other parties promptly.

Action Against Violations: The Commission took various actions to address violations, including transfers, censures, and FIRs against individuals and parties found in breach of the MCC. Notable actions include re-poll orders, suspensions, removals, and censures against election officials and political leaders.

Focus on Dignity and Respect: The Commission emphasized dignity and respect, taking firm action against derogatory remarks and offensive behavior towards individuals, particularly women. Notices were issued to party leaders to ensure accountability and compliance with MCC guidelines.

Technological Interventions: The C-Vigil App proved effective in addressing complaints promptly, resulting in a significant reduction in illegal activities such as defacement of property and unauthorized campaigning.

Ensuring Fairness: The Commission directed political parties to cease activities involving registering individuals for post-election beneficiary-oriented schemes through advertisements or surveys, citing corrupt practices.

Overall, the report reflects the Commission’s commitment to upholding the integrity of the electoral process and ensuring a free, fair, and peaceful election environment. It underscores the importance of collaborative efforts between stakeholders to maintain the democratic fabric of the nation.

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