Religious places or their compounds cannot be used to set up local campaign offices of candidates contesting elections, the Election Commission has said.
According to EC guidelines, the office meant for campaigning purposes set up by various candidates should not not be an encroachment on public or private property or near any educational institution, Chief Electoral Officer Anuj Kumar Bishnoi said in Lucknow.
It should also not be within 200 metres of any polling station and only one party flag and banner of the size not more that 4x8 feet would be allowed on it, he said.
The commission also reiterated that no outsider would be allowed in the constituency once campaigning comes to an end.
The CEO said that the only exception would be the state in-charge of political parties who could stay back at the state headquarters.
“The state in-charge would, however, be required to provide the address of their lodging and would be allowed only to move between that place and the party office,” the CEO said.
To check that there were no outsiders once campaigning comes to an end, a thorough checking would be conducted at lodges and other such places, he added.