The Election Commission of India has advised the political parties and candidates about their general conduct during the general elections to Haryana Vidhan Sabha 2009.

Stating this here on Wednesday, Haryana Chief Electoral Officer Sajjan Singh said that mosques, churches, temples or other places of worship shall not be used as forum for election propaganda.

No party or candidate shall include in any activity which may aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities, religious or linguistic.

He said that criticism of other political parties, when made, shall be confined to their policies and programme, past record and work.

Parties and candidates shall refrain from criticism of all aspects of private life, not connected with the public activities of the leaders or workers of other parties.

Criticism of other parties or their workers based on unverified allegations or distortion shall be avoided.

There shall be no appeal to caste or communal feelings for securing votes.

All parties and candidates shall avoid scrupulously all activities which are “corrupt practices” and offences under the election law, such as bribing of voters, intimidation of voters, impersonation of voters, canvassing within 100 meters of polling stations, holding public meetings during the period of 48 hours ending with the hour fixed for the close of the poll, and the transport and conveyance of voters to and from polling station.