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NEWS IMPULSE – STAR CAMPIGNER | 01 NOVEMBER

SOURCE – INDIAN EXPRESS

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CONTEXT

Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and Congress leader Kamal Nath has approached the  Supreme Court to challenge the order of the Election Commission of India (ECI) revoking his star campaigner status for MP by-elections.

Who are star campaigners?

They can be described as persons who are nominated by parties to campaign in a given set of Constituencies. These persons are, in almost all cases, prominent and popular faces within the Party. However, there are no specific definitions according to law or the Election Commission of India.

Who prepares the list of star campaigners?

To prepare the list of star campaigners is the right of political parties, not of the Election Commission

MODEL CODE OF CONDUCT

Election Commission of India's Model Code of Conduct is a set of guidelines issued by the Election Commission of India for conduct of political parties and candidates during elections mainly with respect to speeches, polling day, polling booths, portfolios, election manifestos, processions and general conduct. These set of norms has been evolved with the consensus of political parties who have consented to abide by the principles embodied in the said code in its letter and spirit. The Model Code of Conduct comes into force immediately on announcement of the election schedule by the commission for the need of ensuring free and fair elections.

 

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