By-poll: Four in fray, EC impose restrictions

Nawarangpur: The nomination papers of two candidates for the by-poll for Umerkote assembly seat were rejected today even as the Election Commission imposed certain restrictions on the candidates for a free and fair election. The two candidates whose papers were rejected were Buti Bhatra of the Kalinga National Front and Dhanuram Gonda, who wanted to contest the election as an independent candidate.

The list of finalists in the race was clear today on the last day of scrutiny of candidates. That left four candidates in the fray with the three major political parties, BJP, BJD and Congress putting up candidates to win the reserved seat. Interestingly, Sunakar Pakulu who was interested to fight the election as the official candidate of the Republican Party of India(RPI) would have to contest the election as an independent as his party has withdrawn support to him.

At the same the Election Commission today imposed restrictions and issued guidelines regarding printing and publication of leaflets and posters. The EC comminique said that candidates have to mandatorily print the name of the publisher and printer on the leaflets and the candidates could not print these materials directly in their names nor anybody should print the materials on behalf of the

candidates. Again, the comminiques said that printers have to furnish at least two names and a declaration to the publishers while the publishers have to submit four copies of the same to the chief electoral officer.

The EC guideline said that the candidates should not print any such thing that might create religious, caste and creed acrimony. In case of any violation of the guideline relating to printing and publication of election materials for campaign, the EC warned that most stringent action would be initiated against the candidates under clause 127(A) of the People Representation Act of 1951.