Does the code of conduct need legal backing?

GN Bureau | February 21, 2012

The government is reportedly considering a move to grant legal status to the model code of conduct (MCC) for electioneering. MCC has been in news of late after two central ministers got election commission notice for alleged violations of the code. An argument has been made out that making MCC legal will give it teeth, and politicians will think twice before breaking it. On the other hand, the legality will not only take the moral force out of it, but will make every EC notice open to court cases – which can take time and thus defeat the whole purpose.




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