Conduct Gram Panchayat polls diligently, says DC

Deputy Commissioner B S Shekharappa told officials to discharge Gram Panchayat election duties honestly. The model code of conduct and the regulations laid by the state election commissioner should be strictly followed, he said.

He was chairing a preparatory meeting towards upcoming Gram Panchayat elections in the district, at his office hall on Thursday.

He further said the returning officers have major responsibilities to fulfill at each and every step of the election. Hence, it is important for them to know the rules and regulations. Also, the officials must follow up the regulations issued b the commission from time to time. There should not be any room for confusions, the DC said.

The GP elections tend to be very sensitive and hence, the responsibilities have to be dealt by the concerned, with lot of care. The election code of conduct will be imposed from May 10. The election notification will be out on May 11. The Gram Panchayat elections will be held according to the revised reservation orders.

Additional DC M L Vaishali said that while receiving the nominations, it should be ensured that the declaration, signature, details of proposer and proof of reservation should be verified with great care. It is also important to check whether the candidate holds a profitable job, she said.

ADC further said that the election officers have to visit every poll booth and ensure the availability of basic facilities. Shortcomings, if any, should be brought to the notice of the higher authorities, Vaishali added. Assistant Commissioner R Ramachandra, Sangappa, Tahsildars were present.

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