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Complete ban on all kinds of campaigning from 6 pm tomorrow (February 18): DC-cum-DEO Isha Kalia

Says complete ban on presence of outsiders in any constituency of the district

Dry day in district from February 18 evening 6 pm till February 20 (till conclusion of polling) & on March 10 during counting of votes
Hotels/restaurants/dhabas & liquor shops not to serve liquor
Reiterates commitment for free, fair & transparent polls

SAS Nagar :
The Deputy Commissioner cum District Election Officer SAS Nagar Isha Kalia today said that there will be a complete ban on all kinds of campaigning from 6 pm tomorrow (February 18, 2022) and violation by anyone would attract strict action.

She also said that barring the residents of that particular assembly constituency, there is a complete ban on the presence of outsiders political functionaries in any constituency of the district after 6 pm tomorrow, all persons should go back to their respective assembly constituencies. She said formal orders have already been issued in this regard and police personnel, returning officers or flying squads would check their voter ID cards to ensure that whether they are residents of that particular constituency or not.

She said that leaders of political parties should prepare their travel plans in such a manner that they leave other constituencies before 6 pm tomorrow and no excuse on this part would be tolerated.

Mrs. Isha Kalia also warned of strict action if any person tries to disrupt peace and communal harmony in any part of district SAS Nagar by using muscle power.

She said that complete checking of all hotels/lodges/guest houses/marriage palaces/restaurants etc would be carried out jointly by police, returning officers and flying squads to ensure no outsiders are staying there. She said that the move was aimed at restricting the presence of political functionaries, party workers, procession functionaries and campaign functionaries, who have been brought from outside the assembly constituency for campaigning.

Mrs. Isha Kalia said that the district and Police administration was duty-bound to ensure that all functionaries, who were not the voters, leave the assembly constituency immediately after the campaign ends for the Vidhan Sabha elections 48 hours before the polling day.

Isha Kalia said that they have already declared dry day in district from 6pm on February 18 to February 20, 2022 till conclusion of the voting. Likewise, she also said that dry day has also been declared in the district on March 10 the day on which counting of votes would take place. The Deputy Commissioner said that on these days, no hotel, restaurant, club, marriage palace and others would be allowed to serve liquor in their premises. She further said that no person can store liquor on these days as well. She stated that these orders have been issued to maintain law and order in view of the polling and counting.

She said that sector officers/magistrates have also been deployed in the district and they would be accompanied by police personnel and videographers. These teams would keep patrolling their respective polling booths so that no untoward incident takes place.

Reiterating the firm commitment of the district administration to ensure free, fair and transparent polls in SAS Nagar, she said that no stone would be left unturned for this noble cause adding that people should come and vote independently without any fear. She warned of strict action if any candidate/political party tries to lure voters by distributing cash, liquor or any other thing etc.

DP Bureau
Author: DP Bureau

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