Lok Sabha Polls: ‘Don’t use photos of defense personnel in campaign ads’


The Election Commission of India has written to political parties barring the use of armed forces in their propaganda and campaign materials.

A statement by the EC on Sunday said: “The ministry of defence has brought to the notice of the Election Commission (EC) that photographs of the defence personnel are being used by political parties, their leaders and candidates in advertisements as part of their election propaganda,” the EC said in a statement.

The statement has reiterated EC’s 2013 instruction barring the use of armed forces in campaign materials.

However, the restriction doesn’t extend to the references made to the actions and counter actions of armed forces in speeches delivered in election rallies.

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