The North Goa district magistrate, who is the district
election officer for the March 22 zilla panchayat, has sought ‘response’ of the
tourism department as regards Chief Minister Pramod Sawant flagging off the
Carnival float parade in the state capital on
Goa pradesh Congress
committee general secretary Amarnath Panjikar, who had condemned the act of
Sawant, filed a formal complaint on February 24 with the state election
commission demanding action over the alleged poll code violation.
The state poll panel then forwarded the complaint to the
DEO, directing him to look into the matter and submit a report to the commission.
The development assumes significance as the ZP elections
are being held on party lines in the state; the model code of conduct for the
polls came into force in the state, including in municipal areas, with the
announcement of the poll schedule by the commission on February 21.
It is pertinent to note here that the state poll panel
while giving its nod for organising the Carnival celebrations had clearly asked
the tourism department to ensure that political functionaries would not inaugurate
or close functions or deliver speeches all throughout the celebrations.
A senior officer of the SEC said the district collector
has written to the department seeking its ‘response’, adding that the facts are
being ascertained by the office of the DEO.
The officer informed that the district collector is
likely to submit his detailed report on Friday.
Meanwhile, state election commissioner R K Srivastava
held a review meeting on poll preparedness with the North Goa and South Goa
DEOs and the superintendents of police.
The district collectors and the SPs were asked to submit
law and order plans including deployment of flying squads and sector officers.
Srivastava directed the DEOs to appoint videographers and
place them at the disposal of returning officers in order to capture important
events during the electioneering.
The commissioner also directed the SPs to identify
critical, sensitive, hypersensitive areas and vulnerable pockets in
consultation with the concerned ROs in order to take necessary measures towards
confidence-building among the people.
Both the DEOs and the police department have been asked
to give publicity to a helpline number
so as to enable the general public to lodge their complaints as regards
violations of model code of conduct or any election-related issues, if any.
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