Election Commission issues warning that violators will be punished with imprisonment for six months or fined
PANJIM: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has imposed restrictions on printing and publishing election pamphlets and posters during the model code of conduct period, with a warning that the violators of the law would be punished with imprisonment for six months.
The election code of conduct is currently in force in the State in the wake of the Parliamentary polls and by-elections in three assembly constituencies.
The commission has issued guidelines to printing houses, political party representatives by imposing restrictions on printing and publishing election pamphlets and posters under the Representation of People’s Act, 1951 which needs to be followed during the code period. “Election pamphlet or poster” means any printed pamphlet, handbill or other document distributed.
As per the guidelines no person shall print/publish or cause to be printed/published, any election pamphlet or poster which does not bear on it, the names and addresses of the printer.
Also, no person shall print or cause to be printed any election pamphlet or poster unless a declaration as to the identity of the publisher signed by him and attested by two persons to whom he is personally known and is within a reasonable time after the printing of the document, one copy of the declaration is sent by the printer together with one copy of the document.
“Any person found contravening the provisions will be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to two thousands rupees or with both,” ECI said.