Hyderabad, Apr 28 UNI | 3 months ago

In view of general elections 2014 in Telangana region (on April 30 and in Seemandhra (on May 7), the Election Commission has announced paid holiday for government and private firms failing which stringent action will be initiated.

Campaign for general elections in Telangana state came to an end this evening and 119 assembly constituencies and 17 Lok Sabha segments will go for polls on April 30 till 1800 hrs, State Chief Electoral officer Bhanwar Lal said in a news conference here today.

The Election Commission has imposed a ban on publicity in any media, exit and opinion polls, bulk SMS by political parties, sale of liquor, publicity in electronic, print, social media, Radio and Cinema halls, he said adding that print media is allowed to carry poll publicity to some extent.

He said paid holiday is given for government employees and private companies to exercise their franchise in a hassle free manner.

Voter slips are not mandatory and the electors can cast their votes with any permitted ID cards and can find their polling booth by sending SMS to 195 number of call 9246280027,he said adding that about 85 per cent of voter slips were distributed so far.

Besides, sale of liquor is prohibited in Telangana region and also Telangana neighboring districts and states, and gunmen of VIPs or politicians should not carry their weapons on the polling day.

To some extent print media is allowed publicity, while the Television channels should not give room to election campaign in 30,518 polling stations in Telangana including 12,000 sensitive areas.

While declaring a paid holiday for government offices and private firms business and shops, Mr Bhanwar Lal said that criminal cases will be filed and one year jail will be awarded to those who failed to turn up and violate the norms.

The EC will monitor election code of conduct through live web casting of 16,512 polling stations and rest will be videography, static cameras and micro observers, he said.

(Posted on 29-04-2014)