EC orders to remove Photos of Politicians from hoardings and ads in Polling states

The Election Commission(EC) on Tuesday, ordered the Chief Electoral Officers of all the five poll-bound states to have the the photos of political leaders removed from hoarding and advertisements, according to reports.

EC ordered that hoardings and photos of PM Modi, Chief Ministers and other political leaders be removed ahead of polls in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand and Manipur.

Congress had urged the Election Commission, demanding the removal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s photograph from government posters at public places, including petrol pumps, ahead of the upcoming state assembly polls. It also objected the use of Prime Ministers photo in posters of Oil companies put up to popularise a cooking gas scheme.

Earlier EC announced the polling dates in five states and the model code of conduct is in place, where elections will be held from February 4 to March 8. The votes will be counted on March 11.

In an earlier order, the Election Commission has asked candidates to furnish, if they put up hoardings at private properties, a No Objection Certificate from the owner. The cost of such posters or hoardings would be added to the candidate’s expenditure list.