NASHIK: Ahead of general elections 2019, the Election Commission of India has issued various instructions on preventive measures near polling booths and setting up of election booths by the candidates/political parties.
The election campaign has gathered steam in parliamentary constituencies of Nashik and Dindori, which are going to the polls on April 29. Meanwhile, Booth Level Officers (BLOs) for Nashik parliamentary constituency have started distribution of voter slips from yesterday.
The election office has asked all the candidates and political parties to co-operate with the BLOs so as to reach to the maximum number of voters in the constituency. While issuing instructions to the candidates/political parties, the Election Commission has stated that no booth shall be set up within a distance of 200 metres from the Polling Station.
It said: Only one table and two chairs shall be provided at each such booth with an umbrella or a piece of tarpaulin or cloth to protect the two occupants of those chairs at the booth from weather conditions.
Each candidate wishing to set up such booths shall intimate, in writing, in advance, to the Returning Officer, the names and Sl. Nos. of the Polling Stations where such booths are proposed to be set up by him.
He shall also obtain the written permission of the concerned Government authorities or local authorities like Corporations, Municipalities, Zilla Parishads, Town Area Committees, Panchayat Samitis etc., under the relevant local laws before setting up of such booths.
Such booths shall be used only for the sole purpose of issuing unofficial identity slips to electors. Only one banner to display the name of the candidate, his party and the election symbol allotted to him shall be allowed at each such booth.
The Commission has warned all concerned that any violation of the above directions will be viewed by the Commission with the utmost gravity and most stringent action possible under the law.
In order to prevent electioneering at the Polling Stations on the date of poll no person other than authorized election and police officials shall be allowed to either carry or use cellular phones, cordless phones, wireless sets, etc., in the 100 meter perimeter of the Polling Stations.