Special flying squads to prevent violation of model code of conduct

Permission must for participation of political leaders in programmes in district

The Dakshina Kannada district administration will form three special flying squads to check violation of the model code of conduct during the upcoming zilla and taluk panchayat elections, said Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer A B Ibrahim.

At a preparatory meeting here on Sunday, he said that the flying squads would involve officials.

“Police would monitor the situation to prevent violation of the code. The elections to the zilla and taluk panchayats in the district will be held in the second phase on February 20. There are 36 constituencies in the Zilla Panchayat and a total of 136 constituencies in the five taluks of the district. The district administration will depute five officials to each of the polling stations in the district,” Ibrahim explained.

“The tahsildars should inspect all polling stations in their respective jurisdictions and submit reports at the earliest on mustering, demustering, strong rooms and counting centres,” he said.

“There is no need to obtain permission to hold private functions when the model code is in force – but permission needs to be obtained for programmes involving political party leaders. Assistant returning officers of the respective constituencies will be the competent authorities to grant permission for such programmes. The organisers should submit their applications for the public programmes at least three days in advance. Erecting flexes and banners within gram panchayat limits too will require grant of permission.”

The election officer directed  the Police Department to identify sensitive and hypersensitive polling stations in the district before January 30.

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“The election campaign too should not be organised at places of worship. The officials concerned should make arrangements to conduct the elections in a free and fair manner,” said the officer.

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