Tribune News Service
New Delhi, 28 December 2016. The Election Commission has shot off a letter to the Cabinet Secretary and the chief secretaries of poll-bound Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Goa and Manipur asking them to strictly adhere to the code of conduct, likely to be announced anytime now.
With this, the EC has also indicated that it planned to conduct simultaneous elections in these states.
“Immediate action should be taken for enforcement of the code of conduct after the announcement,” it wrote.
The provisions to be followed include prevention of defacement of property, misuse of public space as well as official vehicles. The EC asked the authorities to remove political advertisements from public property within 48 hours and from private property in 72 hours after the announcement of the poll dates.