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Political parties and the public urged to cooperate

Arrangements in place under the leadership of 140 sector officers

Expenses for removing campaign materials will be levied from the candidates, parties concerned

KANNUR: Steps to remove election campaign materials from public places are being intensified as part of the measures to ensure enforcement of the election code of conduct.

District Collector and District Election Officer Dinesh Arora said here on Sunday that elaborate arrangements were being made under the aegis of the assistant returning officers concerned to check unauthorised use of public property and violation of the code of conduct in the district.

Arrangements were already in place under the leadership of 140 sector officers. Each squad headed by an officer would also have an assistant sub-inspector, four police personnel and a videographer. The teams would remove all campaign materials from public places, the Collector said in a press release. He urged political parties and the public to cooperate with the teams. He said the expenses for removing the campaign materials would be levied from the candidates or the parties concerned. The amount would be included in the election expenditure of the candidate concerned, he added.

The campaign materials would be videographed before removal.

Public places

Public places include ‘poramboke’ land, government-controlled buildings and land, electric posts, telephone posts, lines, bus shelters and thoroughfares.

The steps to remove the campaign materials were now being intensified following reports that the instruction in this regard had not been adhered to by the parties concerned in many places in the district.

Expenses

The Collector also said that steps would be taken to cover permanent party symbols left in public places and the expenses would be collected from the parties concerned.

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