Election Commission warns of fake Lok Sabha election schedule circulating on WhatsApp.

EC on Lok Sabha polls 2024 schedule: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has refuted rumors circulating on WhatsApp regarding the timetable for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. In a statement released on Friday, the ECI clarified that no official dates for the elections have been announced yet..

The Election Commission of India (ECI) stated that a false message was being spread on WhatsApp regarding the election schedule. They further added that the commission will announce the dates through a press conference.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) posted on X stating that a false message is circulating on WhatsApp regarding the schedule for #LokSabhaElections2024. They emphasized that the message is indeed fake, clarifying that no dates have been announced by the #ECI yet. Additionally, the ECI highlighted that the election schedule is typically unveiled through a press conference and urged individuals to verify information before amplifying it.

Observing the diverse trends and instances of declining standards in political campaign discourse witnessed in recent elections, the Election Commission issued an advisory in February this year. The advisory urged all political parties to uphold decorum and exercise utmost restraint in public campaigning. It emphasized the need to elevate election campaigning to focus on "issue-based" debates.

Sources indicate that the Election Commission will evaluate any indirect violations of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) based on the advisory, providing a fair foundation to adjust the notices regarding timing and content for upcoming elections. For both the general election to the Lok Sabha and four state Legislative assemblies, all phases and regions of the elections will serve as the criteria for identifying "repeat" offenses.

Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar recently stressed the importance of political parties promoting ethical and respectful discourse that unifies rather than divides, and prioritizes ideas over personal attacks. The election body has also put 'star campaigners' and candidates on notice to adhere to previously established methodologies during elections, thus preventing breaches of the Model Code of Conduct.

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