Polls in 3 seats: Campaign ends, EC imposes strict regulations

Polls in 3 seats: Campaign ends, EC imposes strict regulations

With campaign coming to an end today, the Election Commission has come out with strict regulations in Aravakurichi,.Thanjavur and Thiruparankundram Assembly Constituencies, where polling will be held on 19.11.2016.

Following regulations would be in operation from 5.00 P.M. on 17.11.2016 till the closure of poll under Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 :-

No one shall convene, hold or attend any public meeting or procession in connection with an election.

No one shall display to the public any election matter by means of cinematograph, television or other similar apparatus, like, FM Radios, Whatsup, Facebook, Twitter, etc. This includes all electronic form of communication, including SMS and internet.

No one shall propagate any election matter to the public by holding or by arranging the holding of, any musical concert or any theatrical performance or any other entertainment or amusement with a view to attracting the member of the public thereto.  Any violation of this and above two provisions is punishable with imprisonment for 2 years or fine or both, with reference to Section 126 (2) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.

All political functionaries, party workers, etc. who have been brought from outside the constituency and who are not voters of the Constituency should leave the constituency immediately after 5.00 P.M. on 17.11.2016.

Kalyanamandapam, community hall, lodges, guest house would be checked to find out whether the outsiders have been accommodated in these premises.

The vehicle permits given to candidates including star campaigners would cease to be valid with effect from 5.00 P.M. on 17.11.2016.

On the date of poll, each contesting candidate is entitled to get a separate permit from the Returning Officer for –

(i) one vehicle for his own use

(ii) one vehicle for the use of his election agent and

(iii) one vehicle for use of his workers or party workers.

No candidate shall be allowed to hire or procure or use vehicle by candidate or his agent for transporting the voters, to and fro from the polling station which is a corrupt practice punishable under Section 133 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.

Temporary campaign office of the candidates / political parties can be set up only 200 Metres outside the polling station with only 2 persons manning the office and they should not allow unnecessary crowd.

The release of results of Opinion poll/conduct of opinion poll would be prohibited from 48 hours, i.e. from 5.00 p.m. on 17.11.2016 to 5.00 p.m on 19.11.2016.  Exit poll has already been banned from 7.00 A.M. and 5.30 P.M. on 19.11.2016.