Model code goes into effect in rural areas

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Indore (Madhya Pradesh)

With the announcement of three-tier panchayat polls in the district, the model code of conduct came into effect in rural areas. District Collector and Election Officer Manish Singh called on all parties involved to strictly follow the provisions of the model code of conduct. The layouts of the model
code of conduct apply to candidates, political parties, government departments, panchayats and their employees.

Although elections to the three-tier panchayats are conducted without bias, the provisions of the model code will also apply to political parties.

Collector Singh reviewed ongoing preparations for the panchayat polls during a meeting held at the Collector’s office on Friday. He ordered strict enforcement of the Damage to Property Act to be enforced from Friday. Promotional material on government premises and buildings should be removed immediately. He ordered that all such arrangements be made so that the elections are completely
free, fair, peaceful and transparent in the neighborhood. He ordered officers to physically check polling stations. The collector ordered that practical clusters be formed to obtain the declarations of candidacy and that there be qualified personnel. He asked officials to keep an eye on the law and order situation by constantly visiting their respective areas with the police. The collector ordered that the electoral kits be prepared correctly and that there are a sufficient number of ballot boxes. He also said that arrangements should be made for the printing of ballot papers from now on.
Additional Collector Pawan Jain, Abhay Bedekar, Zila Panchayat Managing Director Vandana Sharma and other election-related officials were present at the meeting.

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