30 second read. Written by a grade 3 student.
The MCCs (Model Code of Conduct) are the set of rules that are to be followed by the political parties or individuals who are contesting in the upcoming elections, one month prior to them. They are to be followed in a state and union government’s elections.
The Model Code of Conduct has been divided into 8 parts. The first part demonstrates the general precepts of good behaviour expected from all candidates and political parties. Parts 2 and 3 deal with the public meetings and processions. In parts 4 and 5, the code of conduct at polling booths on the day of polling. The sixth part describes the authority appointed by the Election Commission to receive complaints on violations of this code of conduct. Part 7 explains the behaviour of the party in power at the time of the elections. So, what do the MCCs specify? Ministers cannot use official machinery (government aeroplanes) for electioneering.
Also, the ruling party can not combine official work with campaigning. Advertising using public money (taxes) is to be avoided. In the month prior to elections, advertising or campaigning of any kind also has to be stopped. Any announcements such as financial grants, building of infrastructure, etc can’t be broadcast at the time when the MCCs are in force. Ministers are prohibited from entering the polling stations or counting centres, except as a voter or candidate.