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Law takes its course: Municipality staff removing a graffiti of a political party in Dharmapuri on Saturday. —
Law takes its course: Municipality staff removing a graffiti of a political party in Dharmapuri on Saturday. —

Staff Reporter

Prior permission from Collector should be obtained, says GO

DHARMAPURI: Municipal staff on Saturday started removing graffiti of political parties in Dharmapuri district. According to the Election Commission’s model code of conduct, political parties are barred from writing on walls of government offices, private buildings and in public places. District Collector P. Amutha at an all-party meeting on March 11 at the collectorate had urged all political parties to strictly follow the model code of conduct.

A press note issued by the collectorate said according to the Tamilnadu Act of Advertisements in public places, pasting advertisement posters, writing and hoisting banners on government buildings or compound walls of government offices were banned.

Political parties and commercial establishments should not write slogans and paste posters in places where people assemble and on private buildings even if they obtain permission from the buildings’ owners.

According to a government order, prior permission from the district collector should be obtained for pasting posters, hoisting banners and advertisements in public and private places.

If parties or candidates violate rules, notices will be issued to them. If they do not remove the graffiti themselves, the government will have it removed and expenses incurred on this count will be included in the candidates’ election expenses.

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