November 28, 2018 07:53 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

In view of the General Elections of the seats of Mayor and Members of all the wards of municipalities, where election is scheduled to be held on December 16, 2018, the Haryana State Election Commission has decided that steps should be taken for effective enforcement of certain measures in the sensitive areas of these municipalities so as to maintain law and order to ensure free and fair elections.

While stating this here today, State Election Commissioner, Dr. Dalip Singh said that in this connection, specific measures have been enunciated by the State Election Commission and the Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department has been requested that the same may be got enforced in letter and spirit.

He said that the police should be asked to be vigilant and start the mopping up operation of the areas infested with known ‘goondas’ and bad elements about 10 days prior to the poll. During such mopping operation, special attention should be paid to unearth and seize unlicensed arms and ammunitions right from now. Apart from this, no new arms licenses should be issued. An order should be issued prohibiting carrying of all licensed fire arms and lethal weapons. Further effective steps may also be taken to unearth the un-licensed weapons and seize the same, he added.

Mr. Singh said that arrangement should be made for deployment of police at each polling station and near each polling station and also in sensitive areas. Adequate wireless sets should be provided to improve communication for meeting any Law and Order problem of emergent nature. Strict vigil may be kept over movement of un-desirable elements and vigorous check may be carried out to prevent men and vehicles moving with arms and ammunition.
He said that thorough checking of lorries, trucks and other vehicles should be carried out for three days before poll and on the poll day to ensure that no undesirable elements or arms ammunition are infiltrated into and around the polling areas. Restriction on movement of vehicles on poll days may be imposed and instructions may be issued to regulate vehicular traffic and plying of vehicles on poll day.

The sale and consumption of liquor should be stopped one day before the poll, on poll day or and the day on which counting of votes is to be taken, otherwise penal action should be taken. The Excise and Taxation Department is also being requested to issue orders in this regard, he added.

t may be recalled that as per schedule, the nomination papers would be presented from December 1 to 6, 2018 and poll would be held on December 16. Re-poll if any required, would be held on December 18 and counting of votes would be held on December 19 at 8 a.m. at the places specified by the Deputy Commissioner concerned and result would be declared immediately after the completion of counting.


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