Avoid Canvassing At Places of Worship, Political Parties Told

Political parties or candidates shouldn’t indulge in creating communal hatred among the people and must shun criticising each other during campaign. And character assasination of leaders or candidates is strictly prohibited and must refrain from speaking about private affairs of political party leaders or candidates in public, K Rajamani, District Collector and District Election Officer has warned.
Addressing the representatives of recognised political parties at the collectorate in the presence of DRO Ramadurai Murugan, Deputy Commissioner of Police Stalin, he said that election campaign at places of worship like temples, mosques and churches is totally prohibited and added that political parties and candidates must campaign only during the time specified by the Election Commission and only five persons must accompany the candidate while conducting door to door campaign.
Stressing the need for wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing at the public meetings and during canvassing, he said that only two persons are allowed to accompany the candidate while filing of nominations and only two vehicles will be allowed to enter within a radius of 100 metres from the returning officer’s office during filing of nominations.
Prior permission must be obtained from the concerned returning officers regarding public meetings furnishing date, time and place, he said adding that except the voters, no one will be allowed inside the polling booth without the permission of Election Commission.
In the event of any discrepancies in the conduct of elections, the agents of the candidates can complain to the returning officer and for violation of poll code, the toll free 1800 425 4767 may be used to complain.
The DEO appealed to the representatives of the recognised political parties to cooperate with the district administration and the election officials in the smooth conduct of elections.

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