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Latest live news, January 9: The model code of conduct for governments, candidates and political parties came into effect with the announcement of the electoral calendar for five states.

The Model Code is a set of guidelines, issued by the Election Commission, to political parties, candidates, government and ruling party during elections regarding speeches, announcements, election manifestos and general conduct.

State governments linked to the ballot have been instructed to ensure that there is no abuse of official mechanisms and position when the electoral code is in force.

All provisions of the electoral code will apply to all of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh with respect to all candidates, political parties and governments of the five states, the electoral commission said on Saturday.

“The model code of conduct will also apply to the Union government with regard to announcements or political decisions concerning and for Goa, Manipur, Punjab Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh,” he said.

Punjab Chief Electoral Officer S Karuna Raju on Saturday held a meeting with deputy commissioners and district police chiefs urging them to strictly enforce the Model Code of Conduct and ensure its compliance in the letter and l ‘spirit.

Raju said this after the Indian Election Commission announced the legislative elections in Punjab on February 14, with the counting of the votes due to take place on March 10.

Speaking to the media here, Raju said that 75 Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) companies have already been awarded to the state and 50 companies will do so on January 10.

As soon as the companies arrive, they will start area domination operations, he said. Raju also brought all ECI guidelines to the attention of the Chief Secretary and other officials.

He said an app, C-vigil, has been launched and complaints registered will be dealt with within 100 minutes.