Band’s fiat: No posters,handbills on pvt & govt buildings

Divisional Commissioner Dilip Band has issued a notice stating that the handbills and posters for elections should not be put on private or government buildings.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: March 26, 2009 3:18 am

Divisional Commissioner Dilip Band has issued a notice stating that the handbills and posters for elections should not be put on private or government buildings.

According to the note he issued,public buildings,schools or even private buildings should not be used for election campaign. The note was issued in a meeting attended by Collector Chandrakant Dalvi,Commissioners of PMC and PCMC Praveensinh Pardeshi and Ashish Sharma,Commissioner of Police Satyapal Singh,the returning officers of three constituencies — Vikas Kharge from Maval,RN Joshi from Pune,and RK Gaikwad from Shirur. CEO of Zilla Parishad Dr Sanjeev Kumar and police officers too were present at this meeting.

His notice also mentions that the boards in the municipal corporations or cantontment boards should not be used for any campaign. Putting up banners or flags on private bunglows or walls will not be allowed. In the meeting,Band said that the concerned candidate has to take prior sanction to put up banners. Band,who addressed the meeting,said that all care will be taken to prevent any violation of the model code of conduct. He said that with the elections going hi-tech — with SMSes being sent to people and advertisements through cable — it will be monitored closely. “The amount which is spent will be deducted from the candidate’s or from the party’s fund,’’ he said.

Meanwhile,primary inspection of all the electronic voting machines (EVM) allotted for Pune district has been done. Over 7,400 EVMs have been allotted for more than 5,800 polling centres spread over the four Lok Sabha constituencies in the district. With the voting in the four constituencies — Pune,Baramati,Maval and Shirur — to be held on April 23,the EVMs will be allotted prior to the d-day. According to the election department,some EVMs were found to have minor technical problems and they have been sent for repair. “Additional EVMs will be kept as standby,” said an officer from the election department.

The battery back-up of the EVM is for more than 24 hours. A single EVM has the capacity to register 1,500 votes. The machines are allotted considering the number of voters in each polling booths.

Next move for the election department is allotmentment of symbols to candidates in the presence of leaders of the registered political parties.

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