Poll code partly relaxed in some states

Agartala, April 23: The model code of conduct has been slightly relaxed in those states where polling has been completed, an official said on Wednesday.

"Ministers can now hold review meetings of various projects and schemes with the officials and can visit ongoing developmental projects," an Election Commission official told reporters.

He said: "However, in these review meetings and visits, the ministers cannot call the district magistrates or the officials engaged in the election-related duties."

Various state governments, including Kerala, have urged the poll panel to relax the model code of conduct for smooth work of the state administration and implementation of ongoing projects.

In many states, including the northeastern states except Assam, polling is over but the model code of conduct is still effective.


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