CEO warns against defacement of walls

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Shimla, Nov 27 (UNI) The Election Commission (EC) today warned all parties against wall writing, pasting of posters-papers or defacement in any other form, or erecting-displaying of cutouts, hoardings, and banners on any public property and public premises in the state.

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Manisha Nanda said, however, the orders would not be applicable if local laws permit or provide for writing of slogans, displaying posters or erecting cutouts, hoardings, banners, political advertisement, in any public place specifically identified for such purposes.

The Commission would also ensure that any such place was not dominated or monopolised by any particular party (ies) or candidate (s), she said.

She said all parties and candidates would be provided equal opportunity in this regard.

If the local laws do not permit wall writing, pasting of posters, hoardings-banners-cutouts for political advertisement on private places, the same would not be permitted even with the consent of the owner of the property, she said.

Ms Nanda said the political parties, candidates, their agents, workers and supporters may hoist one party flag showing their election symbol on their own property, provided they do so on their own voluntarily and without any pressure from any party, organisation or person.

Under this provision, no cutouts or hoardings or banners of the nature of political advertisement would be allowed on any private property, she added.

She said, however, wherever the local laws permit, wall writings and pasting of posters, putting up hoardings and banners on private premises with the owner's permission, the contesting candidates or the political parties concerned would obtain written permission from the owner of the property and submit photo copies of the same to the Returning Officers.


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