Imphal, Jan 13 (PMC)
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Manipur Rajesh Agrawal convened a meeting with recognised National and State political parties at Lamphelpat, today and informed that meetings with political parties will be held every week.
At the meeting, the CEO spoke about the model code of conduct, Covid norms, criminal antecedents, election expenditure, EVMs & VVPATs and others.
Rajesh Agrawal said that altogether 53,252 defacements have been removed so far with the enforcement of model code of conduct.
Photographs of political functionaries have also been removed from Government websites, he said.
The political parties were informed that no road show, pad-yatra, cycle/bike/vehicle rally and procession, rally of political parties or probable candidates shall be allowed till January 15, 2022.
Rallies and meetings will be allowed only in earmarked places and with prior permission of the respective district administrations.
Stating that only election agents/ polling agents/counting agents who have taken double doses of Covid vaccine will be allowed to perform poll duty, Rajesh Agrawal appealed to all political parties to check the vaccination status of their respective polling agents.
He also informed that necessary arrangements would be made by the office of the CEO, Manipur for Covid vaccination.
As per Supreme Court, all political parties/candidates should publish criminal antecedents in newspapers/TV on three occasions.
A booklet on criminal antecedents was also provided to the representatives of political parties. For publishing criminal antecedents, a list of newspapers and TV channels will be notified soon, he added.
The CEO also urged the candidates to appoint election expenditure agents.
Regarding P-2 & P-3 polling stations, he informed that intermediate strong rooms had already been identified and would be notified to all candidates and political parties by DEOs concerned.
Representatives of political parties expressed their views, suggestions and grievances during the meeting.