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Ahead of state polls, EC once again asks parties not to use plastic in campaigns | India News

The Election Commission on Friday asked recognised national and state parties not to use plastic and other non-biodegradable materials in their campaigns, reiterating its earlier advisories at a time that preparations for five State Assembly elections are on.

“In today’s world, environmental concerns have become more significant. The Election Commission is also very concerned with the issue of environment hazards caused by use of non- biodegradable materials in elections,” the EC wrote in a letter to recognised parties.

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The EC cited the 2021 amended version of the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change’s Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016, that put a ban on single-use plastic with effect from July 1, 2022. The EC also reiterated its own 2018 instructions to parties that the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 and the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016 would be applicable for the disposal of campaign material by municipal corporations, which would recover the cost from the candidates or parties concerned.

“Protecting the environment is not an individual task but a collective responsibility and hence the Election Commission urges all the political parties to avoid the use of plastic/polythene and similar non-biodegradable materials for preparation of posters, banners, etc. during election campaign in the interest of environment and human health,” the EC said.

The instruction comes at a time when parties are gearing up for the Mizoram, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Telangana elections later this year, as well as the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

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