DEO Urges Political Parties and Citizens to Strictly Follow Code of Conduct

Hyderabad, Oct.8 : DEO and Commissioner, GHMC M. Dana Kishore today appealed to all the political parties and the citizens to follow the instructions given by the ECI with regard to model code of conduct to take up the election process in peaceful atmosphere.

The DEO said that after the Election Notification, certain guidelines have been issued by the Election Commission of India that any Government properties should not have any kind of wall paintings, posters, flexies, hoardings, arches and various other communication channels with regard to political activities. As per the guidelines, the GHMC has already initiated an action after the Election Notification and removed 80 per cent of posters, flexies, hoardings etc., deploying all the 18, 000 sanitation workers duly coordinating with Vigilance & Enforcement Wing where all the ZCs and DCs have personally monitored the removal programme held from the last two days.

Dana Kishore, Chauhan, Addl. Commissioner, Ravi, Joint Collector, Hyderabad District and In-charge of Model Code Conduct, along with R.O.s, senior officials of Excise, Revenue, Income Tax, ZCs, AMOHs conducted a review meeting how to go ahead with the process while working in connection with election work as per the guidelines of ECI, at GHMC head office. The DEO requested all the Heads of the Departments to coordinate with their counter parts to remove all the above said publicity materials from the Government properties on priority and specific instructions have been listed for the action to be initiated within 24, 48 and 72 hours duly sending the report to the Election Commission about the action taken during the period.

The DEO said that it has been decided in the meeting to deploy Nodal Teams in each Assembly Constituency in coordination with the Returning Officers, Tahsildars etc., to look after the ongoing process of enforcing the Model Code of Conduct. The DEO requested the political parties not to give any scope of inconvenience to the property owners, and citizens while taking up election publicity campaign and to strictly follow the rules pertaining to model code of conduct.

The DEO appealed to the private property owners / citizens that if any political parties approaches them for displaying banners, hoardings etc., on the private property buildings they must obtain the permission from the owners for displaying the same. If not, as per the defacement of the act the officials will remove the above said material as per the rules specified there in.

The DEO instructed all the ROs to conduct similar meeting in the evening with all the concerned heads to have a proper coordination and also with political parties etc., to create awareness about the model code of conduct process. With regard to Rallies, meetings, processions, etc necessary permissions have to be obtained before conducting them from the ROs. The political parties must obtain the permission before 48 hours for conducting meetings etc.,

The ROs have been instructed to deploy three flying squads in each Assembly Constituency along with static video surveillance team so that the flying squads can inspect the meetings, rallies etc., to know where they have obtained permissions etc., duly recording the events in the video for the record purpose, said the DEO.

The DEO further stated that every official must have a thorough knowledge of the Election process while performing the duties where certain guidelines have been clearly mentioned which has to be followed and implemented so as to derive good results. The Nomination etc., will be taken up in a few days and all the officials must follow the instructions that how many people can accompany the contesting candidates likewise, model code of conduct rules etc., has to be taken special care while implementing the election process

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