11 March 2019
Bhubaneswar: Immediately after the Election Commission announced the dates for the upcoming Lok Sabha and assembly polls, the Model Code of Conduct came into effect and the district administration along with cops began removing hoardings in full force across the State.
The Election Commission’s Model Code of Conduct states that “hoardings, advertisements, etc., which seek or purport to project achievements of any living political functionaries or political party and which carry their photos or name or party symbol should be removed forthwith as no political functionary or political party can use public resources and incur or authorize expenditure from public exchequer to eulogize himself or itself or enhance his/its own or any other political leader’s personal image. Such hoardings, etc. undoubtedly amount to their individual/party election campaign at public cost.”
The eviction drive to remove all banners and posters of political parties and their leaders began last evening itself. The Enforcement team under the direction of District Election Officer removed hoardings from the Bada Danda area in Puri. Similarly in Bhubaneswar, officials of BMC removed banners of both Central and State Governments from several key places. Posters is Balasore and Cuttack also faced the similar fate. All the hoardings are to be removed within 24 hours, informed officials.
While the general elections will be conducted across the country in seven phases, Odisha will go to polls in four phases. Odisha will vote for the 21 Lok Sabha and 147 assembly seats from April 11 to April 29.