Deputy Commissioner K.S. Rame Gowda has withdrawn the Returning Officer for wards 58, 62, 63, 64 and 65 of the Mysore City Corporation Mahesh, who is the Assistant Commissioner for zone 9, from election duty and replaced him with MUDA secretary Basavaraj.

The Returning Officer was replaced following a complaint by Congress MLA and former Minister Tanvir Sait, alleging that the former had created confusion during the scrutiny of nominations and was acting on the advice of a former Mayor.

The Deputy Commissioner stated that officers responsible for enforcing the code of conduct would be held responsible if there were complaints of violations in the run-up or during the elections. The officers must be alert and enforce the commission’s instructions effectively, he said.

“Now that the election fever has picked up, officers must be alert round the clock. Action would be taken against officers if they neglect their duties,” the Deputy Commissioner said, while chairing a meeting here on Friday.

He instructed the officers to issue directions to political parties to use the public address system for election campaigning between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. only. The State Election Commission stated that the presence of political functionaries, party workers, campaign workers etc. brought from outside the ward, should not remain present in the ward as their presence could hinder the conduct of free and fair polls.

Therefore, the commission directed that after 7 a.m. on March 5, the district administration and the police must ensure that all such people left the ward.

The administration should bring this to the notice of political parties, candidates and their agents in order to enable them to comply with the commission’s direction, a note issued by the commission said.

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