The District Magistrate and District Election Officer (DEO), South Goa District, Ajit Roy, has ordered/restricted the unauthorised assembly of persons, movement of vehicles, supply of vehicles to ensure free and fair manner and to maintain public peace, order and tranquility in the conduct of the general election and by-election from 6 pm of April 21 to 9 pm of April 23 in all 21 assembly constituencies under the jurisdiction of South Goa District Election Office, South Goa District, states a press communiqué issued here.
The assembly of five or more persons (including contesting candidates and workers) will be deemed as unauthorised assembly under Section 141 of the Indian Penal Code and will be prohibited to avoid any procession or rally under the garb of house to house visits or corner meetings and to prevent any nuisance and law and order problems.
The vehicles permitted to all contesting candidates by the returning officer and assistant returning officers for campaigning shall not ply on roads to avoid any distribution of money or gifts or liquor and to prevent any nuisance and law and order problems except vehicles authorised by the returning officer on the day of polling.
Similarly, all private vehicles shall be checked in dignified manner to avoid their misuse for distribution of money or gifts or liquor and for causing any nuisance also to avoid any harassment to private persons.
So also, no liquor shops, hotels, restaurants, clubs and other establishments selling/serving liquor, should be permitted to sell/serve liquor to anyone whosoever, on the aforesaid days.
The non-proprietary clubs, star hotels, restaurants etc and hotels run by anyone even if they are issued different categories of licences for possession and supply of liquor are also not permitted to serve liquor on these days.
The above order does not apply to officers authorised on election duty by the District Election Officer, South Goa District or the state government including the polling officials, magistrates, police officials and government staff.