Code of Conduct will be implemented strictly

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Gulbarga, Apr 25 (UNI) Steps have been taken to strictly enforce the ''Election Model Code of Conduct'' and monitor the expenditure limit for the ensuing election to Karnataka Assembly, Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandy said here today.

Addressing a press conference here, he said three companies of Central Paramilitary Force (CPF) apart from 20 platoons of KSSP would be deployed to various constituencies for the smooth conduct of polling to be held in the communally sensitive area on May 22.

He said the sensitive and hyper-sensitive areas were yet to be identified as this depended on the candidates contesting from the respective constituencies.

Mr Pandy said video cameras would be used to monitor the polling process wherever required. The CPF personnel would not enter the polling stations but maintain law and order to ensure smooth polling, he said, adding 2,640 polling stations would be set up for 24.24 lakh voters in the district.

''Election meetings will not be allowed on public roads, on the grounds of education institutions and government office premises.

However, the meetings can be held at the Gram Panchayat Office premises with prior permission from the officials concerned,'' he said.

He said strict vigil would be maintained on the borders with Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh to ensure that liquor was not brought in. The execise personnel would conduct special raids to destroy the brewing units of the country made liquor, he added.

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