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Election officers told to book suo motu cases against poll code violation

Mallikarjun Utture, Expenditure Observer for Udupi-Chikkamagaluru parliamentary constituency, participating in a meeting in Udupi on Wednesday.

Mallikarjun Utture, Expenditure Observer for Udupi-Chikkamagaluru parliamentary constituency, participating in a meeting in Udupi on Wednesday.  

Mallikarjun Utture, Expenditure Observer appointed by the Central Election Commission for Udupi-Chikkamagaluru parliamentary seat, said here on Wednesday said that government officers should immediately suo motu register a case if there was any violation of the Model Code of Conduct or if there was any unexpected incident related to the polls. He was speaking at a meeting at the District Offices Complex.

Mr. Utture said that the officers should act in such cases without waiting for the public to lodge a complaint. The officers should maintain a tight vigil to see that there was no violation of the Model Code of Conduct during campaigning by political parties. The different teams and squads appointed for election purposes should ensure that there was no effort being made to induce or influence the voters.

Since the Udupi-Chikkamagaluru parliamentary constituency encompassed four Assembly segments each in Udupi and Chikkamagaluru districts, the officers of both the districts should work in coordination with one another.

They should share information on any illegal activities or transportation of money with one another so that such activities could be prevented, he said.

Deputy Commissioner Hephsiba Rani Korlapati gave details of the constituency and information about the arrangements related to the polls. Arrangements had been made to provide assured basic facilities in 1,837 polling stations in the two districts, she said.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Vidya Kumari, Superintendent of Police Nisha James, Election Tahsildar Mohammed Isaak and other officers were present.

After the meeting, Mr. Utture visited the Media Monitoring Centre, C-VIGIL Complaints Cell, District Election Control Room and carried out inspection.

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