Use of Public Property for Political Advertisements

Last updated on May 28, 2024

Political parties and candidates are not allowed to use public properties/places for political advertisements. They cannot write on the walls, paste any posters/papers, erect/display any cutouts, hoardings, banners, flags etc. as a part of election campaigning. Some examples of public properties are1:

  • Railway stations, railway flyovers, bus stands, airports, bridges,
  • Government hospitals, post offices,
  • Government buildings, municipal buildings, etc.

If a political party or candidate, puts up any of their campaign material on a public property, then it will be an MCC violation.

  1. Chapter 12, Manual on Model Code of Conduct, available at https://eci.gov.in/files/file/9375-manual-on-model-code-of-conduct/ []

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Vipul chhanabhai gurjar

July 13, 2022

Nowadays I has noticed that the many of political parties are panting their logo on the metro rail of piller, railway boundary, underpass. And flyover, and roads. Isn’t it an legal activities ? And if it is legal than how can be take an action

Nyaaya

August 8, 2022

The person can approach the police station where the cause of action has arisen. The person can file an FIR under Section 154 of Indian Penal Code to file a complaint Section 3 of The Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, 1984 which lays down Mischief causing damage to public property. The provision states that
(1) Whoever commits mischief by doing any act in respect of any public property, other than public property of the nature referred to in sub-section (2), shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years and with fine. The person has a fundamental duty to safeguard public property and to abjure violence under Article 51A(i).

jayan

March 27, 2024

1. putting up campaign material is not coming under damaging public property unless purposefully damaged.
2. All properties are public except that are private and no private party is under any obligation for the same. In effect there will be no campaign unless some private individuals are lenient towers the political game.
3. Don’t post anti democratic questions that are applicable only to developed countries

Alka Manral

May 30, 2024

As per Chapter 12 of the Manual on the Model Code of Conduct (https://www.eci.gov.in/eci-backend/public/api/download?url=LMAhAK6sOPBp%2FNFF0iRfXbEB1EVSLT41NNLRjYNJJP1KivrUxbfqkDatmHy12e%2FzVx8fLfn2ReU7TfrqYobgIiEPMIse9uztoZFFeybf9jk38l%2FOYZxk2qVbqEJ%2F7T60JogOtZXpDcakANr0s39Z98wSjC1gVq0oN20lXa%2FOYLaiL1TnH%2BtnPUTXWHbnW0vXAx1dgGCUdAarbj6ymqxAgw%3D%3D), political parties and candidates are not allowed to use public properties/places for political advertisements. They cannot write on the walls, paste any posters/papers, erect/display any cutouts, hoardings, banners, flags, etc. as a part of election campaigning. Some examples of public properties are:
1. Railway stations, railway flyovers, bus stands, airports, bridges,
2. Government hospitals, post offices,
3. Government buildings, municipal buildings, etc.
If a political party or candidate, puts up any of their campaign material on a public property, then it will be a Model Code of Conduct (MCC) violation. So, putting up campaign material will amount to violation of MCC.

Karan Singh Kothari

November 11, 2023

Can political ads be posted within residential complexes? Say in common areas?

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