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Observers meet candidates of Chandigarh Parliamentary constituency

Chandigarh, May 3 (UNI) Both the General and the Police Observer for this Parliamentary constituency held a meeting with the contesting candidates on Friday, in presence of the Election officials of Chandigarh administration.

Monimala Phukan Borthakur, IAS, General Observer and JS Kushwah, IPS, Police Observer for Chandigarh Parliamentary Constituency held a meeting with the contesting candidates at UT Guest House in the presence of Election officials of Chandigarh Administration.

At the onset, Deputy Commissioner-cum-Returning Officer Mandip Singh Brar gave an overview about the election preparedness, while Nodal officers gave brief presentation on security arrangements, election expenditure, Model Code of Conduct, district media certification and Monitoring Committee.
The Returning Officer highlighted that preparations are in full swing for the elections, scheduled to be held in this constituency on May 19.
General Observer Monimala Phukan Borthakur, IAS and Police Observer JS Kushwah, IPS, were apprised about the fact that there are 597 polling booths and 191 polling stations in total.
The Returning Officer also shared the status of preparations of ballot papers with the candidates. It was also brought out that a Strong room has been created at Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology, Sector 26, wherein proper security arrangements are in place.
The candidates were also informed about the EVM machine preparation and randomisation. They were encouraged to witness the process in person.
Chandigarh SSP Nilambari Jagadale briefed the candidates about the security arrangements in the constituency. She said the use of loudspeakers was restricted from 0600 hrs to 2200 hrs. Further, it was to be ensured that inconvenience of any kind shall not be made to the public, she added.
The officer further said that patrolling parties have been made by the Police Department, Chandigarh to scrutinise all violations in the city.
The nodal officer for expenditure monitoring team highlighted the expenditure limit and shared the fixed rate of items. It was also mentioned that the inspection of the expenditure register will be done by the observers on May 6, 10 and 17 at AEO office, first floor, UT Guest House.

Further, the nodal officer said that every political party/ candidate/ representative/ official has to adhere to the Mode Code of Conduct. He explained various aspects of the Model Code of Conduct in detail to all the candidates, including polling day, meetings, processions and general conduct.
The working of Media Certification and Monitoring Committee was shared in detail, wherein the provision relating to the pre-certification of advertisements of political nature on different media platforms were highlighted. The application forms of pre-certification were also distributed to all the candidates.

Ms Borthakur, IAS, said that any candidate can share the violations of any kind, as the Observers will be listening to the grievances on daily basis at the meeting hall of UT Guest House at 1030 hrs-1130 hrs.
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