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Follow code of conduct, Collector tells parties

So far 130 poll violation cases have been registered against political partiesObservers warn parties against defacing walls for poll campaign in municipal areas

ERODE: Political parties should follow model code of conduct strictly, said the Collector, D. Karthikeyan, on Thursday evening at a meeting held at the collectorate, attended by election observers and political parties.

All the 10 election general observers and two election expenditure observers assumed office on Thursday and held discussions with the District Election Officer-cum-Collector D. Karthikeyan and Superintendent of Police Sonal V. Misra.

Written permission

The observers warned political parties against defacing walls and other places for poll campaign in municipal areas. The parties could write on walls in panchayat areas after getting written permission from the house owners.

The observers asked the parties to use propaganda vehicles with box type loud speakers and obtain vehicle passes from the respective Returning Officers.

`Remove placards'

The Collector told the observers that so far 130 poll violation cases were registered against various parties. The Collector also wanted the police and the local bodies to remove all placards and banners placed in municipal areas. He also wanted them to erase the symbols and candidates' names written on the election office wall in municipal areas.

The Collector told the observers that so far 191 nominations were filed by the candidates in the district. (Perundurai 30, Erode 26, Modakurichi 24, Bhavani 20, Vellakoil 19, Kodumudi and Gobichettipalayam 16 each, Bhavanisagar 15, Anthiyur 14 and Sathyamangalam 11).

The scrutiny would be made on April 21 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature would be April 24. The final list of candidates with symbols would be published on April 24 evening.

Security

The Superintendent of Police, Ms Sonal V. Misra, told the observers that nine Kerala Special Police companies, two Tamil Nadu Special Police companies, 1,300 local police personnel, 12,600 ex-servicemen, Railway, CB CID and retired police personnel would be deployed for election duty.

As many as 171 police mobiles were formed and each mobile would look after 12 to 20 polling booths. Sufficient police protection would be given in the two counting centres.

N.R. Dhanabalan and Ravi of the Congress, Kavundhi Manivannan of the AIADMK, V. Venkatachalam of the CPI, Palani of the Desiyavadha Congress attended the all-party meeting.

Meanwhile, a few independents and BJP, DMDK candidates filed their nominations on Thursday, the last day.

The BJP candidate P. Nallasamy filed his nomination for Modakurichi constituency.

`Loincloth'

Similarly, S. Thangavel popularly known as Loincloth Thangavel also filed his candidature for the Modakurichi constituency.

(It may be recalled that he was arrested on Monday for arriving at the Collectorate dressed unbecomingly to file his nomination).

Others who filed their nominations include, A. Dhandapani (Samajwadi Janatha Party) for Perundurai constituency, Pon Chairman (BJP) for Erode Constituency and Victoria (Desiya Murpokku Dravidar Kazhagam) for Modakurichi constituency.

Huge crowd

The Deputy Superintendent of Police, Velayutham, roped in police personnel to control the crowd in front of the Collectorate.

The main entrance to the returning officers' chamber was closed at 3 p.m., permitting none to file nominations thereafter.

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