Three independents file nominations on first day: CEO

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Shimla, Nov 23 (UNI) Three independents filed their papers on the first day of filing of nominations for the 65 assembly constituencies, which go to the polls on December 19, state's Chief Electoral Officer Manisha Nanda today said.

Devender Singh has filed nomination papers from Kumarsain in Shimla district, Amin Chand from Mewa in Hamirpur district and Kapur Chand from Palampur in Kangra district, she said in a release here.

Ms Nanda said the Election Commission has also issued instructions on the use of vehicles by the parties.

The vehicles should under no circumstances move in a convoy of more than three during the campaigning and even the bigger convoys of central or state ministers should be broken up in a manner that they should have a distance of at least 200 meters between them, she said.

She said the CEO would issue permits for vehicles of the leaders and this would be irrespective of the fact whether the same vehicle was to be used by any leader or for election campaigning in one part of the state or throughout the state.

The permit would be issued to a particular person, who would display it prominently on the windscreen of the vehicle being used by him, her in any area, she said.

The CEO said the permits so issued by the CEO would be of different colours and would be different from those to be issued by district election officers (DEOs) or returning officers (ROs).

Only one party flag could be hoisted on the vehicle of leader of party and if the vehicle was also occupied by any other person then, in that case, the 50 per cent expenditure would be added to the expenditure of concerned candidate, she said.

Ms Nanda said permission for the use of video-vans for campaign by political parities would only be given if it did not violate the Motor Vehicle Act.

In another release, the Commission directed all political parties to ensure that forms A and B reached the CEO or the RO before 1500 hrs on the last day.

UNI

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