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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Patna district admin puts out dos and don’ts

To facilitate the polling process, a helpline number (1950) has been set up to provide election related information to the voters. Besides, voters slip issued to voters would also carry poll related details.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: Mar 12, 2019 16:15 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Patna
(HT File)
         

With the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha polls coming into force, Patna district magistrate-cum-returning officer Kumar Ravi on Monday said the district administration was geared up to ensure compliance of code by every political party.

Addressing a joint press conference with senior superintendent of police (SSP) Garima Mallick, Ravi listed out dos and don’ts for the political parties and candidates and measures that the district administration was taking.

He said parties would have to take permission from the district administration before holding election rallies and also for deploying vehicles for poll purposes.

Ravi said an expenditure cell would monitor the spendings by political parties and candidates so that a does not exceed the cap of Rs 70 lakh. Ravi said a video surveillance team would record all the electioneering activities.

The loudspeakers would not be allowed from 10 pm to 6 am, he said.

Hindustantimes

On Monday, the district administration also organised training programme for major political parties' representatives to make them aware of the model code to conduct.

To facilitate the polling process, a helpline number (1950) has been set up to provide election related information to the voters. Besides, voters slip issued to voters would also carry poll related details.

Ravi said the Patna parliamentary constituency had 30,000 physically challenged voters and Braille voter ID and voters’ slips would be issued to them. “They will be provided transport facility to cast their votes,” he said.

Use of non-biodegradable material for election campaign has been banned this time, he said, adding out of 4,610 polling booths, sensitisation programme for VVPAT usage has been carried out at 3,932 booths.

The SSP said process was on to identify the “critical polling booths”.

As a precautionary measure, patrolling has been intensified in bordering areas and many illegal weapons had been seized, besides 13,000 litres of illicit liquor.

“Out of about 12,000 arms licences, verification of about 5,000 has been done till now,” she said.

First Published: Mar 12, 2019 16:15 IST

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