Arrangements for the by-election to be held to the Piravom Assembly constituency on March 18 have gathered momentum.

District Collector P.I. Sheikh Pareed, who is also the district electoral officer, said the Chief Electoral Officer Nalini Netto will give instructions on the conduct of the election through video conferencing on February 21.

Transfers and appointments in government, quasi-government, and public sector undertakings will remain frozen till March 22 since the notification on election model code of conduct has already been issued on February 16, the Collector said.

They will be permitted in emergency situations only with the approval of the Election Commission.

The Collector directed all departmental heads to be alert on the issue.