K’taka Polls: CEC flooded with permission requests for private functions

Political News, State, (Bengaluru), April 12:-The Central Election Officer (CEO) for Karnataka is flooded with permission requests from private and non-governmental organisations (NGO) to conduct functions, including marriages and birthday celebrations and other private events that do not involve politician participation fearing a breach of code of conduct in vogue for the May 12 Assembly elections.

The CEO office in a general guidance issued on Wednesday sought the private agencies and individuals not to approach it for such permissions stating that these programmes can be conducted without the involvement of any political party or candidate or any politically connected people.

The CEO Office said that private programmes without any political involvement do not require any prior permission from any of the election related officers and they do not attract any model code of conduct.

The teams set up to monitor the enforcement of model code of conduct had been asked to watch such programmes, but not to interfere in the events that were not political in nature.

However, if they have any doubt regarding camouflaging of such private programmes by political parties for distribution of gift articles, serving of food then the teams shall inquire and if found true, necessary actions might be taken as per the law.

The CEO also issued an advisory to the people not to carry cash of more than Rs 50,000 or new articles, gift items of Rs 10,000 or above without valid documents while travelling. As many as 1255 check posts have been set up for checking vehicles in order to prevent election related offences.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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