Remove posters from walls in public places: Election Commission to political parties

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To ensure strict implementation of the Model Code of Conduct, the Election Commission on Wednesday asked political parties in Uttarakhand, which goes to polls on 15 February, to remove all their promotional posters put up on the walls in public places and residential areas across the state.

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Orders to this effect were issued by the commission after poll schedules for five states including Uttarakhand were announced by the Commission in New Delhi on Wednesday, state’s Chief Election Officer Radha Raturi told reporters in Dehradun.

“Those carrying more than Rs. 50 lakh will have to carry documents giving details of the amount or face seizure of the money,” she said.

VVPAT (Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail) machines will be used for the first time in four assembly constituencies of the state including Dharampur, Ranipur, Haldwani and Rudrapur.

The state so far has 73.81 lakh voters but the final list of voters will be released on 10 January.

Elections will be notified on 20 January while 27 January will be the last date for filing of nominations. The scrutiny will take place on 30 January whereas 1 February will be the last date for withdrawal of nominations, she said.

Polling will be held on 15 February and counting on 11 March.

A total of 43 polling booths have been identified as extremely sensitive in the state.

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  1. This is the time when EC can use all its powers vested on it by the Constitution. For free and fair polls, it should issue strict directives to political parties to abstain from caste and religious provocations, distribution of money and other appeasement a to voters and full disclosure of the income of the contesting candidates including their crime records. How much will the EC use its powers to tone down political parties is a matter worth watching in the forthcoming elections

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