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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Haridwar poll official reiterates EC directive on using photos of army personnel

Haridwar district election officer Deepak Rawat on Tuesday reiterated Election Commission directive to political parties to desist from using photographs of defence personnel during campaign for 2019 Lok Sabha Elections.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: Mar 13, 2019 16:09 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Haridwar
The Haridwar district election officer said on Tuesday that no election rallies, road shows or meetings will be allowed near educational institutes during the examination period.
The Haridwar district election officer said on Tuesday that no election rallies, road shows or meetings will be allowed near educational institutes during the examination period. (AFP File / Representational Photo )
         

The election commission’s directive to parties to desist from using photographs of defence personnel during campaign will be strictly implemented, Haridwar district election officer Deepak Rawat said on Tuesday.

“Armed forces are neutral and apolitical; in no way their photographs should be used in election campaigns,” Rawat said, adding that action will be taken against the violators.

He said children cannot be made to participate in election campaign and rallies, or activities at the candidates’ election offices. “Use of animals during campaign is also prohibited as per the election commission’s guidelines.”

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Out of about 10,000 licensees for weapons, 4,500 have surrendered their guns at their jurisdictional police stations in the district. District police chief Janmay Jay Khanduri said all station house officers have been directed to ensure that all licence holders surrender their weapons before the nomination process begins.

No election rallies, road shows or meetings will be allowed near educational institutes during the examination period, Rawat said.

The district comprising 11 assembly segments has been divided into 23 zones and 143 sectors for polling. In all, 1,675 polling booths have been made and 12 auxiliary ones will be set up, Rawat said

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First Published: Mar 13, 2019 16:09 IST

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