EC to examine if model code of conduct can be imposed in Jammu and Kashmir

Written by November 22, 2018 10:00

New Delhi: Election Commission will examine the model code of conduct can be imposed in Jammu and Kashmir even before fresh elections are announced in the state, a senior official said Wednesday after the Governor dissolved the state assembly.

The poll panel had recently decided that in states where assemblies are dissolved prematurely, the model code will come into force immediately.

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The poll code, which bars the caretaker government and the party in power from taking policy decisions, otherwise comes into force the day polls are announced by the EC.

Telangana was the first state where the model code of conduct had come into effect before the assembly polls were announced.

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“Model code was imposed there (Telangana) as the elected government had dissolved the assembly. Here (Jammu and Kashmir), the case is different. Here the assembly could have been dissolved out of compulsion… There was no government … We will examine in the coming days whether the model code can be imposed in Jammu and Kashmir, too,” the functionary said.