No relaxation in enforcing election code: DCDEO

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Mysore, May 3 (UNI) Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer(DCDEO) P Manivannan today informed the political parties that there would be no relaxation in enforcing the election code of conduct and that they should abide by it.

Addressing an all-party meeting on election code and its conduct, he said complaints received against its violation would be looked into and the wrong-doers would be punished.

Representatives from JD(S), Congress and JD(U), were among others, who participated in the meeting. They, however, alleged that even beating of drums in villages to receive leaders was not being allowed.

The parties sought information on BJP candidate, H D Kote, who allegedly filed a fake caste certificate. The DCDEO replied that the concerned officer was suspended for issuing a fake certificate.

Mr Manivannan said the candidate's misdeeds have been conveyed to the Election Commission of India, as it is the only authority to take action.

He said permission should be obtained to store election materials. Action would be taken unless the materials were corroborated by supporting documents, he added.

Meanwhile, Nanjangud sectoral magistrate had booked three people identified as 'film producers' and seized Rs 30 lakhs in cash from them, when it was about to be transported unlawfully in a car. The arrested, however, claimed that the money was being carried for the purpose of film shooting. They belonged to the BJP.

the DEO had handed over the case to Income Tax department.

Police also seized Rs 1.3 lakh cash from two people, who were arrested for violating election code. Allegations were that money was about to be distributed in Varuna constituency.


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