EC to convene all-party meet for framing guidelines on 'freebies'

New Delhi, Aug 12 (ANI): The Election Commission (EC) will hold a meeting of various political parties on Monday for framing guidelines on 'freebies' in election manifestos following directions of the Supreme Court.

According to television reports, the commission will seek the opinion of various parties before making rules to regulate allurements in election manifestos.

The guidelines are being framed after Supreme Court asked the Election Commission on July 5 to frame guidelines about such promises announced by political parties.

While disposing of a special leave petition challenging the freebies, the apex court had said that there is no enactment that directly governs the contents of the election manifesto.

The Election Commission wishes to formulate a clear policy on defining freebies announced by parties ahead of elections and has invited suggestions from political parties. (ANI)


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