Political parties given a list of poll guidelines in Nagapattinam


Nagapattinam Collector S. Suresh Kumar, in his capacity as Returning Officer for Mayiladuthurai Lok Sabha seat, has advised political parties and candidates to desist from attacking anybody on the basis of caste or religion, which could incite violence.

Briefing representatives of political parties on poll guidelines on Monday, he said candidates must avoid personal attacks. Campaigning would not be permitted in places of worship, though candidates could solicit votes from the electorate irrespective of religion. The candidate could come for filing of nominations in a convoy of three cars, and there must be only five persons including the contestant. They must secure permission of the Returning Officer for use of vehicles for campaigning.

A copy of the permission letter must be pasted on the front windshield. The permission letter given for a particular vehicle must not be misused for other vehicles. If the candidates were found flouting the requirement, action would be taken under IPC 171 H, he said.

The playgrounds of government and government aided institutions must not be utilised for election-related activity. For making external modifications to vehicles or fixing loudspeakers, permission must be obtained from the authorities concerned. Pasting of wall posters or graffiti must be avoided. As for private buildings, permission of the owners must be obtained. A copy of the permission letter must be submitted to the Returning Officer.

The candidates would not be allowed to use banners or wall posters made of plastic materials. The address of the printing press must be inscribed on wall posters. Clothes must not be distributed on behalf of the candidates.

Once the campaign deadline was over, the candidate must desist from engaging voters with election-related details in print or video for the next 48 hours.

The authorities would keep vigil to prevent candidates from presenting diaries or stickers with their photos. Candidates were allowed have temporary offices, but they must not be on government land or places of worship and the vicinity, or around hospitals or schools, or within 200 metres from the polling booth.

For going on a procession, prior police permission must be obtained. Loudspeakers must not be used from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day. Likewise, public meetings would also not be permitted during this timing.

Booth slips given to voters must not depict the name of the candidate or symbol or photo.Any query pertaining to electoral list could be conveyed to toll free number 1950.

Superintendent of Police S. Vijayakumar, District Revenue Officer M. Indumathi, Nagapattinam Sub-Collector A.K. Kamal Kishore, Public Relations Officer M. Selvakumar and other senior officials took part in the briefing.

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