Kohima, Jan. 17: Kohima deputy commissioner W. Honje Konyak today notified all political parties and candidates to adhere to the Defacement of Public Property Act, 2003, ahead of the Assembly elections.
He said “no political party or candidate will permit its or his followers to make use of any individual’s land, building, compound or wall without permission for putting up flags, banners, pasting notices, writing slogans and no political party, association, body or candidate has any right to deface any private or public building by pasting of posters, writing slogans or painting symbols.”
Temporary display materials like banners and flags can be put up on private premises after a photocopy of the voluntary permission of the occupant in writing is submitted to the returning officer within three days. The use of loudspeakers is prohibited from 10pm to 6am. Distribution of money and liquor during elections to influence voters shall be treated as an offence.
All political parties have been directed to strictly follow the model code of conduct.