Don’t use President, VP’s picture in poll posters: EC

NEW DELHI: Days after Congress used the picture of President Pranab Mukherjee on a poll hoarding, the Election Commission today said pictures of constitutional authorities cannot be used for electoral purposes as they cannot be associated with a particular political party.

The directions of the Commission came after the President’s Secretariat pointed out that the photographs of the President and Vice-President are being used by political parties, their leaders and candidates in advertisements as part of their election propaganda and urged the poll watchdog to issue “suitable instruction” in this regard.

The Ludhiana unit of Congress in an election campaign meeting last week had put up hoardings in which they used photograph and name of President Mukherjee. (AGENCIES)