Jagatsinghpur collector briefs poll date, model code and conduct, underlined its strict implementation

Report by Kahnu Nanda; Jagatsinghpur: As the Election Commission of India announced the 2019 Lok Sabha and Assembly polls scheduled, model code and conduct came in to enforce with immediate effect on Sunday evening, as consequence contesting candidates, political parties, medias and election stake holders should follow the ECI guidelines, said district collector cum election officer G Poonam Tapas Kumar in a media briefing held in collector office here on Monday.

According to collector, elections notification of Jagatsinghpur Lok Sabha seat and four assembly constituencies would be held on April 02 and filing of nomination paper will continue till April 09. After scrutiny of nomination papers on April 10, candidates have given liberty to withdraw nomination papers till April 12, then the elections would be held on April 29 in the fourth leg of polls and results will declare on May 23, collector informed.

Under general conduct while political parties can criticize the other candidates based on policies and programmes and their work records, they are not allowed to use caste and communal sentiments to lure voters. Political leaders cannot bribe or intimidate voters and most importantly they cannot criticize them based on unverified reports, collector said.

It is mandatory for the contesting candidates to furnish their PAN number during nomination, for political parties to inform the local police about their rallies and public meetings and provide them time to make adequate security arrangements, carrying or burning effigies of the opponents are disallowed. On polling day all those party supporters who are working for their parties in the polling booth must wear a badge with party name and symbol, collector instructed.

Apart from voters only those individuals with permission from the ECI will allowed to enter polling booths, political parties must not campaign for votes within distance of 100 meters of the polling booth on the day of election. No MP and minister should combine their official visit with election campaigning and party works, collector warned briefing model code and conduct.

As many as 233 sensitive booths have been identified in Jagatsinghpur district, about 33 thousand disable voters will cast votes in elections as consequence elaborate arrangements have been made for them including electrification and supply of drinking water in each polling booths have given priority, collector assured.

The press briefing was attended by Para dip ADM Kanhu Charan Dhir, district election officer Binita Das, senior police personnel and government officials assigned with the polls.