Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The Election Department has asked political parties and candidates to give advance intimation to police authorities regarding their election meetings and processions.

According to the election wing of the District Administration, the police would be able to take necessary steps once political parties provided them with details of meetings to be held in the district. The police would initiate steps to maintain law and order based on the information given by the parties and candidates.

Returning Officers of various Assembly constituencies in Ernakulam district have informed the candidates that they should ascertain in advance whether there are any restrictions or prohibitory orders in force at the place proposed for the meeting. If such orders exist, they should be followed strictly.

The parties should apply to the authority concerned if permission or licence is to be obtained for use of loudspeakers. Organisers of the meeting should seek the assistance of the police personnel on duty for handling persons trying to create problems at the meeting.

Directions and advice given by police officials during processions should be complied with. Action will be taken against those found violating the code of conduct prescribed by the Election Commission.

Training for personnel

The Returning Officers have completed meetings with representatives of candidates and political parties. The service ballots (ballots for the members of the Armed Forces) have already been despatched.

Training for over 10,000 polling personnel in the district will be held on April 19, 20 and 21. Polling personnel will be intimated by appointment letters issued by the District Collector. They will be selected from Central and State Government offices.

Preparations for setting up of the electronic voting machine will begin after due notification in the presence of representatives of candidates and political parties.

Returning Officers have said that no untoward incident has been reported in the district during the election campaigning so far.