• Wednesday, Dec 07, 2022
  • Last Update : 10:24 am

Electoral code of conduct: The dos and don’ts

  • Published at 04:02 pm November 8th, 2018
web-election-materials
Election materials printed at the BG Press being loaded on to microbuses for distribution to various districts Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The electoral code of conduct puts a number of bars on the activities of VIPs during the election period

The time between the announcement of the election schedule and the publication of the election result through an official gazette is known as the election period. During this period, the electoral code of conduct puts a number of restrictions into effect.

As per the code of conduct, the prime minister, speaker of parliament, ruling ministers, chief whip, deputy speaker, opposition leader in parliament, deputy leader in parliament, deputy opposition leader in parliament, state ministers, whips, deputy ministers, lawmakers, city corporation mayors, and others of equivalent status are considered as Very Important Persons (VIPs) with government facilities.

The electoral code of conduct puts a number of bars on the activities of VIPs during the election period:

> No development project by government, semi government or autonomous bodies may be approved, announced or have its foundation stone lain 

> No donations or promises of donations can be made to any person or organisation

> Political or electoral events cannot be mixed with government programs or visits

> Government vehicles cannot be used for election campaigns

> Living creatures cannot be used as election symbols 

> Cloth-made posters and banners cannot be used for election campaigns 

> Posters should be hung, and not stuck onto buildings, fences, etc.

> Cannot attend meetings on government development activities

> Cannot participate in meetings of the governing bodies of educational institutions as president or member

> Teachers or staff of government, semi government, autonomous or educational institutions cannot be used in election campaigns

> The government Dak Bungalow, circuit house, rest house, and government offices cannot be used for campaign purposes

> Campaigns cannot include processions using trucks, buses, motorcycles, etc.

> No use of helicopters or aircraft. Only heads of parties can use aircraft, but not to distribute or show leaflets, banners or any other campaigning document

> Campaign activities cannot obstruct roads. Meetings will require prior approval on the venue, date and time from the authorities concerned. Police have to be notified at least 24 hours before meetings.

> Violations of the code of conduct may result in maximum six months imprisonment, a Tk50,000 fine, or both.

50
Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail