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2,060 plaints of code violation: CEO


2,060 plaints of code violation: CEO

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 16

The state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has received as many as 2,060 complaints on the violation of the model code of conduct during campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections, an official press release stated here on Thursday.

As many as 1,762 complaints have been disposed of whereas 298 are under consideration. Punjab CEO S Karuna Raju said 1,881 complaints had also been received from the Election Commissioner of India, of which 164 had been resolved and 17 were under consideration.

Similarly, 325 complaints concerning the police have been received. In all, 149 complaints are against the working of the Police Department. Likewise, 20 complaints pertaining to the Excise Department, 77 against the Rural Development and Panchayat Department, 79 against the Local Bodies Department and 1,157 against other departments have been received.

Also, 112 complaints have been received from the politicians of the state while 58 have been received against the parties.

The CEO also issued 59 notices for noise pollution in the state after May 9, an official press release said here on Thursday. These include 10 in Pathankot, 2 in Gurdaspur, 4 in Kapurthala, 2 in Jalandhar, 12 in Ludhiana, 14 in Moga, 12 in Bathinda, 2 in Mansa and 1 in Fazilka.

The enforcement teams of the CEO have seized cash, liquor, psychotropic substances and valuables worth Rs283 crore in the violation of the poll code till Thursday, an official press release said. The surveillance teams have seized 13,51,369 litres of liquor, 8,102-kg psychotropic substances, jewellery and cash as well.

Meanwhile, Raju said more than one lakh policemen had been deployed to ensure peaceful elections in the state.

RN Dhoke, ADGP (Elections), said all deputy commissioners and SSPs were alert to check incidents of distribution of liquor, narcotics and money for inducing voters and raids would be conducted immediately on receiving information or complaints. Raju said besides the police, 1.25 employees of the state government were involved in the election process.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission on Thursday issued extensive guidelines to the district election officers to ensure prohibitions during the period of 48 hours (beginning 6 pm on Friday) ending with hours fixed for the conclusion of polling in Punjab to be held on May 19.

Giving details, the CEO said the ongoing campaigning in all 13 parliamentary constituencies would come to an end 48 hours prior to the polling day. Subsequently, all political leaders, functionaries or party workers who are not the registered voters will have to vacate the constituency within this period. However, the elected MP or MLA of the poll-going parliamentary/ Assembly constituencies should not be asked to leave during the election to theLok Sabha/state Legislative Assembly even if he/she is not an elector of the constituency, Raju added.


48-hour prohibition protocol from today

  • The EC on Thursday issued guidelines to district election officers to ensure prohibitions during the period of 48 hours (beginning 6 pm on Friday) and ending with hours fixed for the conclusion of polling in Punjab on May 19.
  • Chief Electoral Officer S Karuna Raju (in pic) said the  campaigning in all 13 parliamentary constituencies would come to an end 48 hours prior to the polling day.

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