Bhubaneswar: The Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Police Commissionerate today issued advisory for public meeting, road shows and rally in connection with simultaneous General and Assembly elections in Odisha.
As the Model Code of Conduct for guidance of parties and candidates has come to force, the political parties have started their preparation for organizing meeting, rally, road shows to appeal the voters in favor of their candidates.
In view of it, the Commissionerate Police today issues a set of instructions to be followed by the political parties for election campaign.
The candidates shall obtain permission from the competent authority (DEO) regarding the ground or place for public meeting. In case of private property, consent from the land owner be obtained in writing, the twin city police said in a statement.
In case of permission for the same place applied by more than one candidate on the same date and time, permission be granted as per provision of first come first serve basis, it said.
The instructions issued from Chief Election Commissioner from time to time be intimated to the candidates by enclosing the same with the license/permission.
As far as possible, road shows, subject to court orders and local laws should be held only on holidays and during non-peak hours, on routes other than those having big Hospitals, Trauma Centers, Blood Banks and heavily crowded markets.
Number of vehicles and persons expected to join the rood show shall be intimated in advance.
Simultaneous plying of number of vehicles (Four Wheelers) on road including e-rickshaws/ two wheelers to be limited to 10 (ten). In case it exceeds the limit of 10 vehicles, then the convoy shall be broken after every 10 vehicles and a gap of 100 mtrs maintained, it said.
The rood show shall not cover more than half of the rood width to ensure safety of general public and fret movement of traffic on the other half.
Safety of public and persons attending the road show shall be ensured Bursting of fire crackers and carrying of fire arms shall not be permitted at all.
Loudspeakers can be used as per the Election Commission's existing instruction and subject to local laws and court orders, if any.
Display of animals in rood shows is totally banned, it said.
Children, particularly school children in uniform should not take part in road shows.
The maximum size of banner to be carried with hand will be 6 f t X 4f t. Only one flag of the size 1 ft X 1 Ft with the permission of the returning officer concerned would be allowed on campaign vehicles in rood show.
No spot/focus/flashing/ search lights and hooter shall be put on any campaign vehicle.
Traffic regulations and restrictive orders, in force of the localities, enroute of the procession should be ascertained and fully complied with.
The passage of the procession must be without hindrance to traffic.
The route granted for procession should be strictly adhered subject to subsequent changes on the advice of the local police.
Demonstrations or picketing before house of any individual, by way of protesting against their opinion or activities shall not be resorted to.
No disturbances shall be created in public meetings or processions organised by other political parties or candidates.
No processions along places where another party is holding rneetings.
Processionists shall not carry any articles, which are capable of being misused as missiles or weapons.
No use of loudspeakers whether static or mounted on moving vehicles, between 10.00 P.M. and 06.00 AM.
No use of loudspeakers at public meeting and processions without prior written permission of the authorities concerned. Normally, such meetings/ processions will not be allowed to continue beyond 10.00 PM at night and will be further subject to be local laws, local perceptions of the security arrangements of the area and other relevant considerations be weather conditions, festival seasons, examination period etc.