No electric poles to be used during campaigning in Punjab: EC

No electric poles to be used during campaigning in Punjab: EC

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Jalandhar, Mar 17: The Election Commission on Sunday ordered the Punjab State Power Corporation and Forest department to take strict action against the political outfits using electric poles and trees, respectively for election campaigning.

District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma said that both the departments should ensure that no person or political party used poles and trees for publicity, by putting flex boards or any kind of other material, which could be hanged on the poles or trees.

The DEO directed the Municipal authorities to keep a strict vigil on those defacing walls and buildings of the government offices.

The heads of government departments should ensure that none of the political parties or leaders paste the posters or erect hoardings on the buildings or properties. Any lapse in this regard will be taken as violation of poll code, Mr Sharma warned.

He also directed that no government department will distribute any kind of benefit under various welfare schemes to the people during the code of the conduct.

The DC also asked the officers of the departments to inform his office regarding the complete stock of the material, ration and sports kits.

Mr Sharma said that all government vehicles, including ambulances, cycles, government stationery or other items must not have any picture of political leaders. Further, no government advertisement must be released to the print and electronic media, without the permission of the election office.

He also ordered that no new blue card, ration card, pension card or, tube well connection must be issued, during the model code of conduct.

No political person should be involved in any kind of government function and no new joining in government or semi-government organisation (Boards, Corporations, Agencies, co-operatives) should be allowed, till the completion of election process, Mr Sharma added. (UNI)