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Newspaper agents warned against inserting political advertisements

Staff Reporter

Tirupur: Collector C. Samayamoorthy has cautioned the newspaper agents and shop sellers of dailies/weeklies against inserting political advertisements, gifts or gift coupons that were aimed at luring the voters along with the publications. “Such acts will be dealt with stringently and case would be registered against the violators,” he said.

The warning was issued in the wake of numerous complaints received on the issue by officials involved in the election process.

The Collector also asked the owners of textile shops, jewellery marts and groceries too to refrain from giving away prizes/gifts to the customers till the election process concluded.

Mr. Samayamoorthy said that the administration had received additional instructions on the Model Code of Conduct for the Assembly polls.

Accordingly, flags were allowed at temporary campaign offices of political parties only with the permission of the respective returning officers. Flags hoisted in publics places like roads should be removed. Political meetings would not be allowed inside halls/meeting venues owned/controlled by government, local authorities, public sector undertakings and cooperatives.

In the cases of public grounds, it should be made available to all parties impartially.

The local bodies/authorities which own the grounds should give permission with the conditions stipulated by the Election Commission of India.

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