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Public meetings for panchayat elections to be video recorded

SILCHAR, Jan 8: All the public meetings by the political parties on the eve of ensuing panchayat polls in Cachar will be video recorded by the district administration. The respective political parties including independent candidates have to submit the detailsof the material used in the election campaign to the expenditure cell. This information has been shared by the district administration at an all-party meet, convened to notify the guidelines and model code of conduct released by the State Election Commissionfor the upcoming panchayat polls, in the conference hall of the office of the Deputy Commissioner.
According to the guidelines, the party or candidate should have to take prior order from the local authorities regarding any proposed public meeting. For the rural areas, the candidates should have toinform the neighbouring police outpost or petrol post about the meeting. Moreover, the candidates have to submit the statement of expenditure for two times before the elections and next time after the elections to the treasury officer of the expenditure cell, located in the premises of Dak Bungalow, Silchar.
The State Election Commission, however, earlier issued that the maximum expenditure limit for a candidate contesting for the post of Zila Parishad member has been fixed at Rs 4 lakh. Rs1 lakh has been fixed as the maximum limit for candidates for the post of Gaon Panchayat presidentand Anchalik Panchayat member, while for elections to the post of GPmember, the maximum expenditure a candidate can incur is Rs 10,000.
In a bid to implement the guidelines of the State Election Commission in the district during the elections, the names and phone numbers of the members of the Cell, constituted to safe guard the model code of conduct, was released during the meeting. The six members' Cell is headed by IAS officer, Dr Lakkhatan (9435137819).Other members of the Cellincludes Amalendu Roy, circle officer, Udharbond, JR Lalsim, circle officer, Sonai, Daritri Suchimang, town settlement officer, Ruthliang, circle officer, Lakhipur and Khaleda Sultana, circle officer, Katigorah. A copy of the model code of conduct was also handed over to the representatives of thepolitical party present at the meeting.
At the outset, Debasish Chakraborty, Additional Deputy Commissioner, dwelt on several provisions of the prescribed code of conduct and said that the violation of any of the provisions of the model code of conduct would be penalized under section 188 of Indian Penal Code. The district administration further urged help and cooperation from all sections of the society to conduct the elections peacefully. (sentinelassam)

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