Complete ban on all kinds of campaigning from 6 pm tomorrow (February 18): DC-cum-DEO Harbir Singh
Says complete ban on presence of outsiders in any constituency of the district
Dry day in district from February 18 evening 6 pm till February 20 (till conclusion of polling) & on March 10 during counting of votes
Hotels/restaurants/dhabas & liquor shops not to serve liquor
Reiterates commitment for free, fair & transparent polls
Faridkot , February 17, 2022" The Deputy Commissioner cum District Election Officer Faridkot s. Harbir Singh today said that there will be a complete ban on all kinds of campaigning from 6 pm tomorrow (February 18, 2022) and violation by anyone would attract strict action.
He also said that barring the residents of that particular assembly constituency, there is a complete ban on presence of outsiders in any constituency of the district and before 6 pm tomorrow, all persons should go back to their respective assembly constituencies. He said formal orders have already been issued in this regard and police personnel, returning officers or flying squads would check their voter ID cards to ensure that whether they are residents of that particular constituency or not.
He said that leaders of political parties should prepare their travel plans in such a manner that they leave other constituencies before 6 pm tomorrow and no excuse on this part would be tolerated. He warned that district administration would not shy away from registering an FIR against such persons.
He also warned of strict action if any person tries to disrupt peace and communal harmony in any part of district Faridkot by using muscle power. “Such persons would be dealt with strictly and would be put behind bars,” he warned.
He said that complete checking of all hotels/lodges/guest houses/marriage palaces/restaurants etc would be carried out jointly by police, returning officers and flying squads to ensure no outsiders are staying there. He said all guests should be duly informed in advance that they would not be allowed to stay in a particular constituency if they are not its residents from 6 pm on February 18 till completion of polling on February 20, 2022.
Deputy Commissioner said that the Returning Officers/police personnel/flying squads should must get an FIR registered against the outsiders if they continue to stay in the assembly segments after the election campaign was over. He said that the move was aimed at restricting the presence of political functionaries, party workers, procession functionaries and campaign functionaries, who have been brought from outside the assembly constituency for campaigning. Sharma said that the district and Police administration was duty-bound to ensure that all functionaries, who were not the voters, leave the assembly constituency immediately after the campaign ends for the Vidhan Sabha elections 48 hours before the polling day.
Mr Harbir Singh has already declared dry day in district from 6pm on February 18 to February 20, 2022 till conclusion of the voting. Divulging the details, Deputy Commissioner said dry day has been declared in entre district from 6 pm to February 18-20 in wake of the polling for Assembly elections. Likewise, he also said that dry day has also been declared in district of March 10 the day on which counting of votes would take place.
Reiterating the firm commitment of the district administration to ensure free, fair and transparent polls in Distric, he said that no stone would be left unturned for this noble cause adding that people should come and vote independently without any fear. He warned of strict action if any candidate/political party tries to lure voters by distributing cash, liquor or any other thing etc.