The State Election Commission (SEC), on Friday, sent a ‘written reminder’ to the North Goa District Magistrate, who is the District Election Officer (DEO), asking him to submit the report as regards the alleged violation of the model code of conduct by the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.
Sawant had attended the
Carnival festival, and had flagged off the main float parade in the city on
It is pertinent to note here that the state poll panel, while giving its nod for organising the Carnival celebrations, had clearly asked the tourism department to ensure that political functionaries would not inaugurate or close functions or deliver speeches all throughout the celebrations.
A senior officer of the SEC stated that the complaint was filed by the Congress secretary Amarnath Panjikar on February 24 over the alleged poll code violation, and the same was forwarded to the DEO Gopal Parsekar, directing him to look into the matter and submit a report to the commission within 48 hours.
“As the Commission didn’t receive the report till Thursday, they (office of the DEO ) were verbally told to complete the investigation and submit the report at the earliest. On Friday, the poll panel has also sent a reminder in writing to the DEO,” said a highly placed source at the SEC.
A senior officer at the DEO office claimed that the said forwarded complaint was received by the DEO on Thursday (February 27) which was immediately marked to the concerned Returning Officer.
“The RO has sought response of the Tourism Department as the Carnival festival was organised by them. Once the RO submits his findings the same will be examined by the DEO. The DEO will then prepare the report and send it to the SEC,” the officer said.
The DEO office has come out with a helpline number (0832-2225083) so as to enable the general public to lodge their complaints as regards violations of model code of conduct or any election-related issues, if any.