EC bans use of Photos of Defence Personnel in Poll Campaign

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NF Bureau: After the posters of BJP using photos of Wing Commander Abhinandan came into light prompting the Ministry of Defence to intervene, the Election Commission has issued an advisory, asking political parties desist from such acts.

The political parties have been asked to desist from displaying photographs of Defence personnel or photographs of functions involving Defence personnel in advertisements,or otherwise as part of their election propaganda/campaigning.

Here’s the Advisory by EC:

“The Ministry of Defence has brought to the notice of the Commission that the photograph of the Defence personnel are being used by the Political Parties, their leaders and candidates in advertisements as part of their election propaganda and requested the Commission to issue suitable instruction in this regard”.

“It is pertinent to mention here that the Armed Forces of a nation are the guardian of its frontiers, security and the political system. They are apolitical and neutral stakeholders in a modern democracy. It is therefore necessary that the political parties and leaders exercise great caution while making any reference to the Armed Forces in their political campaigns. The Commission is of the view that photographs of Chief of Army Staff or any other Defence personnel and photographs of functions of Defence Forces should not be associated with or used in any manner in advertisement/propaganda/campaigning or in any other manner in connection with elections by political parties and candidates”.

“The Commission accordingly calls upon all the political parties to advise their candidates/leaders to desist from displaying photographs of Defence personnel or photographs of functions involving Defence personnel in advertisements, or otherwise as part of their election propaganda/campaigning”.

“You are, therefore, requested to issue appropriate instructions to your candidates/leaders/cadres in this regard to ensure compliance in the matter. The Commission hereby reiterates the above instruction for strict compliance”.

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