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Four cases of poll code violation in Dharwad district: Deputy Commissioner

Restrictions on display of publicity material

Officials seize a four-wheeler which did not

have permission for canvassing

DHARWAD: The Dharwad district administration will file criminal cases against those violating the model code of conduct and defacing public property.

Deputy Commissioner M.S. Srikar told presspersons here on Thursday that four cases of violation of the code of conduct had been reported and action had been taken accordingly, including issuing notices to elected representatives.

He said that the reports about the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda’s stay at the Hubli Circuit House on April 3 and the inauguration of Basaveshwara’s statue by former MLAs and Mayor, Deputy Mayor and councillors of the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC) had been sent to the Election Commission of India.

The Election Commission had issued notices to eight persons, he said.

Notices had been issued to three councillors of the HDMC in connection with the inauguration of a road work, Mr. Srikar said. Officials seized a four-wheeler which did not have permission for canvassing, in Hubli on Monday, he said.

According to the guidelines of the Election Commission, permission would not be given to any political party for displaying banners, buntings and other publicity material at public places, he said.

“All the banners and buntings displayed in the district have been removed. Strict action will be taken against those violating the rule, under the provision of the Karnataka Open Places (Prevention of Disfigurement) Act, 1981,” he said.

Political parties would be allowed to display banners and buntings at the venue of the public meetings only two hours before the event, he said and added that they had to be removed within an hour after the event.

Helpline

A helpline (Ph: 2443939) has been set up on the Deputy Commissioner’s office premisesCode of conduct implementation cells had been set up in each of the seven Assembly constituencies in the district, he said.

The phone numbers of these cells are as follows: Navalgund: 08380-229240; Kundagol: 08304-290239; Dharwad: 0836-2233822; Hubli-Dharwad East (SC): 2213833; Hubli-Dharwad Central: 2213860; Hubli-Dharwad West: 2446133; and Kalghatgi: 08370-284535.

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