ECI Issues ‘Zero Tolerance’ For Use of Children in Election-Related Activities

  • The Election Commission of India (ECI) has issued strict directives to political parties and candidates to prevent the use of children in election-related activities. 
  • The directives include a prohibition of child participation in election campaigns, including rallies, slogan shouting, poster distribution, and slogan shouting, rallying, and election meetings. 
  • The prohibition extends to the use of children to create the semblance of a political campaign, including poems, songs, and spoken words, display of party insignia, exhibiting party ideology, promoting party achievements, or criticizing opponents. 
  • The presence of a child accompanied by their parent or guardian in proximity of a political leader is not considered a violation of the guidelines.
  • All political parties and candidates are required to ensure strict compliance with the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986, as amended by the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Act, 2016. 
  • The Commission has directed all election officials and machinery to refrain from involving children in any capacity during election-related work or activities.
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