EC nod for Goa Carnival 2012

Election Commission has granted permission to hold the Goa Carnival 2012 ending uncertainty over the annual event ahead of the March 3 Assembly polls.

Last Updated: Feb 15, 2012, 21:02 PM IST

Panaji: Election Commission has granted
permission to hold the Goa Carnival 2012 ending uncertainty
over the annual event ahead of the March 3 Assembly polls.

The poll regulator will videograph the Carnival which
is celebrated for three days and nights, when the legendary
King Momo takes over the state and the streets come alive with
music and color.

Among other conditions prescribed by the election
commission, prominent is that the "political parties and
persons" will not be allowed to be associated with the
organising committees.

Ahead of the flamboyant public display scheduled to
kick off from Friday, the State Tourism Department and local
organising committees will host parades which are attended by
thousands.

The organising committees, which mostly comprise of
local municipal bodies, were in limbo as the EC had delayed
granting permission for the public parades.

The local officials had written a letter to the
commission on February 4.

Election Commission Under Secretary P N Lakra in a
letter to local officials has said that the entire event would
be videographed.

The officers entrusted with election duty have also
been asked to stay away from the festival committees.
The commission has also prescribed certain guidelines
for the formation of the organising committees.

"The organising committee members shall consist of
only official members and official chairman and they should
not be associated or guided directly or indirectly by elected
member," the letter reads.

The float parades, the EC said, should not be
sponsored by any political party or political personality,
including candidates or his supporters.

The organising committees have also been asked to
ensure weeding out any symbolic message or any other content
which may directly or indirectly promote political interest or
candidates` interest or highlight the achievement of the
government.

"In case of doubt in this aspect, the matter may be
referred to Chief Electoral Officer who will get it examined
by a committee nominated by him," the EC said.

PTI