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Parliamentary panel to review election code, suggests ways to curb freebies [Polity]

  • The model code of conduct (MCC) for polls is under review by a Parliamentary Committee, which will suggest ways to check use of cash and other freebies to lure voters during the elections.
  • E.M. Sudarsana Natchiappan is chairman of Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice.
  • The panel had, in an earlier report, recommended reducing the time between enforcement of the model code and the day of polling.
  • The MCC should come into force from the date of notification and not the announcement of poll schedule.
  • The panel has also decided to suggest ways to check distribution of cash and freebies ahead of the polls.
  • The move comes after it took cognisance of the cancellation of polls in Aravakurichi and Thanjavur constituencies in Tamil Nadu recently following evidence of use of money and gifts to influence the voters.