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Steps to ensure free and fair election

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 14 - In view of the ensuing Assembly elections, the Kamrup Election District administration has taken action against banners, posters and hoardings put up unauthorisedly by political parties and defacement of public properties where official permission has not been taken.

�The administration has ensured the removal and defacement of political advertisements in almost all parts of the district. So far about 7,000 posters, banners, kiosks, party flags and defacement of public and private properties have been removed in Kamrup Election District. The administration has also removed hoardings highlighting the achievements of the government as per the guidelines of the model code of conduct,� official sources said.

In the run-up to the Assembly polls, the Kamrup Election District administration is taking various steps to facilitate a free and fair election. The administration is keeping strict vigil and has started a vigorous monitoring process.

The DC and DEO of Kamrup, Vinod Seshan has, in order to facilitate monitoring of election expenditure, requested all intending candidates to open a separate bank account exclusively for the purpose of poll expenditure.

In an appeal, Seshan stated that the account should be opened any time at least one day before the date on which the candidate intends to file his nomination papers. He also said that the candidate should submit the details of the bank account in writing to the Returning Officer at the time of filing his/her nomination.

The DC and DEO further said all election expenses should be made by the candidate only from this bank account. For this purpose all money to be spent on electioneering shall be deposited in this bank account irrespective of its funding from any source, including the candidate�s own fund.

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