GUWAHATI, March 14 - With notification for Assembly elections for the four constituencies located in the city to be issued tomorrow, the District Election Office of Kamrup Metro has issued a set of guidelines to be followed by the candidates and their supporters during the process of filing nominations.
District Election Officer Dr M Angamuthu, who is also the Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup Metro, has issued the nomination guidelines and also an advisory to political parties and candidates, to be observed during the period of election campaign.
�From the experience in the past, it has been observed that use of a large number of vehicles and big processions leads to utter chaos and traffic congestion, causing severe inconvenience to the general public and hampering essential service. Large number of vehicles and people accompanying some of the candidates at the time of filing nominations cause serious concern about law and order in the offices of the returning officers,� said an official.
As such, guideline has been issued that only a maximum of three vehicles in the convoy of candidates will be allowed to come within the periphery of 100 metres of the Returning Officer�s office.
Nomination papers for four Assembly constituencies of the district � No 51 Jalukbari, No 52 Dispur, No 53 East Guwahati and No 54 West Guwahati � will be received at the office of the Kamrup Metro DC here.
As per the guidelines, candidates will be allowed to park their vehicles on the road adjacent to Meghdoot Bhavan.
�The maximum number of persons who will be allowed to enter the office of the Returning Officer at the time of filing nominations has been limited to five, including the candidate,� said the official.
As per the Election Commission schedule, tomorrow is the date for issue of notification of the polls in the four constituencies of the city, along with other constituencies in Lower Assam. The last date for filing of nomination papers is March 22. Guwahati and the rest of Lower Assam will go to polls on April 11.
In addition to the guidelines to be followed during the nomination process, the District Election Officer and the district administration have also issued an advisory and requested the candidates and political parties to adhere to it.
They have been asked not to cause any inconvenience to students and examinees, not to hinder or block movement of emergency and medical services and to take caution while electing venues for meetings and rallies and not to hold them near hospitals and health centres.
Candidates and parties have been requested to hold rallies and meetings only after 2 pm on working days and to avoid arterial routes like GS Road and B Barooah Road and to keep use of loudspeakers and PA systems to the minimum.
�Not more than 50 motorcycles, scooters and cycles and 10 LMV four-wheelers should be used in a rally, while heavy vehicles like bus and truck should not be used. All two-wheeler drivers and pillion riders should be wearing helmets,� said sources, adding that traffic rules will have to be adhered to.
In addition, parties and candidates have been asked to ensure availability of proper medical and first aid facilities for their supporters and general public during events and to clean up venues after meetings so that no garbage or litter is left behind.