Single window clearance for parties to hold rallies in Gujarat

Parties seeking permission for organising rallies in pollbound Gujarat can avail it through a single window mechanism, a senior police officer said.

Ahmedabad: Political parties seeking permission for organising rallies in pollbound Gujarat can avail it through a single window mechanism, a senior police officer said on Monday.

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. Single window clearance for parties to hold rallies in Gujarat

Ahmedabad: Political parties seeking permission for organising rallies in pollbound Gujarat can avail it through a single window mechanism, a senior police officer said on Monday.

"An application mentioning date, time and venue among other details of the rally should be submitted to the nearest police station. The police station will then grant permission to the concerned political party for organising the rally," Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) A K Sharma told reporters.

If policed receive more than one applications for holding rallies on the same date, time and venue, the political party which has applied first will be allowed to hold the rally at the venue.

"Every police station will update the information of the rally on the computer at the station," Sharma said, adding "considerable efforts" are being done to ensure that political parties get permission for holding rallies in a hassle-free manner.

Vehicles requiring permission for attaching loudspeakers can avail it from Returning Officer (RO), Chief District Election Officer Vijay Nehra said.

The single-window system for granting permission to vehicles for attaching loudspeakers is a departure from the stand of the district collectorate in previous elections when political parties had to get three clearances from the RO, Regional Transport Office (RTO) and Police Stations.

The District Collectorate further informed that till date, 26,000 wall writings have been removed while 2,506 posters and hoardings have been brought down whereas 3,372 banners and 2,459 additional election-related material was removed in Ahmedabad district.

Since the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) came into effect from October 3, 43 general complaints have been received in the district regarding violation of the norm, Nehra said, adding concerned officers have been asked to conduct an inquiry into all these violations.

PTI

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