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Nomination begins today, strict guidelines for LS aspirants

Sidhartha Roy , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 15, 2014
First Published: 01:00 IST(15/3/2014) | Last Updated: 01:03 IST(15/3/2014)

Beginning on Saturday, candidates contesting from the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi will start filing their nomination under the new set of guidelines.

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The nomination process, which begins from March 15, will go on till March 22 except for one Sunday and on the day of Holi festival that falls in between.

This time, candidates would have to follow some new guidelines. "Candidates are not allowed to leave any section in their affidavit empty. Also, just like the Delhi Assembly election, they would have to mention their social media accounts," said a senior official of the Delhi Electoral Office (DEO).

The electoral office will strictly monitor that no candidate brings more than five supporters inside the office of the district electoral officer. They can also bring only three cars each, which have to be parked at least 200 metres away from the DEO's office. "They are also not allowed to carry out a procession or create noise outside the DEO's office," he said.

"Though the nomination process begins on Saturday, we are not expecting much action on the first few days. As per our experience, the largest number of nominations are filed in the last three days," the official said.

The nomination papers by the candidates can be submitted at seven DEO offices, according to the constituency they will be contesting from at Nand Nagari (North East), Geeta Colony (East), Jam Nagar House (New Delhi), MB Road (South), Rampura (West), Civil Lines (Chandni Chowk) and Kanjhawala (North West).

The Delhi Electoral Office has set up eight complaint centres - one each for each constituency and at the headquarters - to receive complaints about any violation of the model code of conduct. The toll-free number for registering the complaints is 1800111400.


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