As many as 93 complaints with regard to violation of code of conduct have been received in Haryana out of which 14 are of paid news allegations.
Chief electoral officer Srikant Walgad informed that the election department has issued notices to the candidates concerned.
“There are no major violations. Complaints are generally regarding holding of political rallies without permission, extending of time granted for rallies, putting up of banners illegally etc.,” said Walgad. When asked about the paid news complaints, he said, “Complaints were not against any national media house.”
He further siad that by issuing of notices to the candidates on complaints of paid news they have been directed to file reply. If the media certification and monitoring committee does not receive satisfactory answers, paid news would be treated as advertisement and the expenditure incurred would be added to the election expenses of the candidate.
Walgad added that this time, None of The Above (NOTA) option has been introduced in the electronic voting machines (EVMs) but the votes cast to NOTA would not be counted in the votes being counted for final result.
Also special arrangements have been made for the disabled and senior citizens and priority would be given to them on the day of polling for casting their votes. An officer would be assigned the duty to help them out.
Those electors who have not received their Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC) can get it from the facilitation centres being set up at all polling stations on the election day.