Patna: Preparations for the three-tier Panchayat elections in Bihar are at their last stage. The State Election Commission has geared up to make the elections peaceful and fair in the state. The Commission has issued continuous guidelines on the same. After the announcement of elections, the exercise of forming the village government for the next five years has also started.
The Election Commission has issued guidelines for violation of the model code of conduct. In this guideline, the Commission has clarified the words which will not be used due to publicity. As per the commission's direction, if any candidate spreads enmity or hatred among all categories on the basis of religion, race, caste, community or language, he can be sentenced to three to five years in prison. This offence falls under the category of non-bailable and cognizable offence.
Moreover, if any candidate criticizes aspects of the life of any other candidate whose veracity is not proved, he can also be punished. However, the offence is bailable. The first hearing of which will be before the First Class Magistrate. In addition, use of mosques, churches, temples, Thakurbadis or other places of worship or shrines for campaigning. In addition, crying out for ethnic or communal sentiments is also in the category of non-bailable offences.