Poll code violations rampant despite heightened vigilance

Poll code violations rampant despite heightened vigilance

Violations of model code of conduct are rampant in the district despite deputy commissioner and election officers ensuring the strict vigilance.

Deputy Commissioner V Shankar and additional DC Satyabhama, speaking to mediapersons in Chikkaballapur, said that a candidate can spend up to only Rs 16 lakh and if the poll expenses, escalate he/she should report it to the Election Commission. Besides, the candidates should pay only through cheques and give break-up of their expenses everyday to the auditor. The candidates should take permission from the election officer to print and distribute pamphlets and handbills and to use other poll paraphernalia, they said.

Besides, they should not offer bribes to voters. They should obtain permission to use vehicles in the campaigns.

However, none of these poll codes are strictly followed by the candidates. In Bagepalli, for example, candidates of every party have hired a number of vehicles for the rallies. These vehicles are decorated with posters and pictures of party symbols, leaders and the candidates. The CPM has got approval to use 18 vehicles in the rally, Congress- 25, JD(S) - 16,S N Subbareddy (Independent), BSP - two, BSR (Congress) - 14, KJP - 14, BJP - 18 and JD(U) - three.

 Apart from these many vehicles which display stickers, after being approved by the officers, every party was seen using additional vehicles. 

Police personnel and excise officials have been deployed at newly opened check posts near RTO office, G Maddepalli, Billur and Veerapur.

As many as eight cases have been registered so far in this regard.

Besides, 17 other cases filed recently include seizure of Rs 2.10 lakh in cash near APMC and illicit liquor stored illegally for distribution among voters at a residence in Upparlapalli, said Excise Inspector B Nagendrasingh.

Elaborating on the measures taken to check such poll code violations, the DC said that 76 sector officers have been deployed, each covering 15 to 20 polling booths. Besides,control rooms operating 24/7 have been opened for registering complaints.
People may alert election officers on phone 08156 - 250006 or 250007, if they
notice violations of the poll code.

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