Odisha CEO asks political parties to remove posters in 24 hrs as Model Code of Conduct comes into effect
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Surendra Kumar directed all the political parties this evening to remove their posters, hoardings, photos, banners, and anything that features them, from across the state within the next 24 hours. Kumar’s directive came after the Election Commission of India imposed the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) after announcing the dates of the Lok Sabha Election-2019 this evening in New Delhi.
Addressing a press conference, the Chief Electoral Officer said that the Lok Sabha and State Assembly elections will be held in Odisha simultaneously in four phases as per the announcement of the Election Commission of India.
“Notification for the first phase election will be issued on March 18 and voting will be held on April 11 while notification for the second phase election will be issued on March 19, the polling will be held on April 18,” said Surendra Kumar.
“The third phase election will be held on April 23 for which the notification will be released on March 28. Similarly, the notification for the fourth and the final phase election will be out on April 2 while the voting will be held on April 29,” he added.
The CEO further said that there will be no transfer of any officers from today without getting the permission of the autonomous constitutional authority which is responsible for administering the election processes. He also said that stringent action will be taken against those who violate the Model Code of Conduct during the period of the election.