Chandigarh:The Election Commission of India on Wednesday issued extensive guidelines to District Election Officers to ensure prohibitions during the period of 48 hours (5 pm on February 2 ) ending with hours fixed for conclusion of poll in Punjab to be held on February 4.
Chief Electoral Officer Punjab, V K Singh said that the guidelines have been issued in accordance with the provisions enacted in the Section 126 Representation of Peoples’ Act 1951. Subsequently all the political leaders, party workers who are not the registered voters will have to vacate the constituency within this period, said
Necessary guidelines have been issued to Police and Civil Administration all across the state to ensure that the outsiders who are not required leave immediately.
The Commission has also directed police to keep a close check on the community centres, guest houses and lodges so that the outsiders, if any, could be kept housed without causing any disturbance during the electoral process.
Singh said that the plying of two wheelers will also be restricted 24 hours before the poll date.
These restrictions will not be applicable to two wheelers carrying an ailing, physically challenged or the officers, employees who are discharging government duties, added Singh.
The Election Commission has also imposed complete prohibition on broadcasting or propagating election related material on TV, Radio or even Newspapers. Any such material influencing the voters would not be permissible during the 48 hours before the poll.
He further said that all the electronic media advertisement, except the bulk SMS, IVRS and social media are banned for broad casting during the last 48 hours ending with poll i.e. starting from 5 pm of February 2 to 5 pm of
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