Bhubaneswar, Jan 19: State Election Commission (SEC), Odisha on Wednesday ordered to impose ban on sale and distribution of liquor 48 hours before the commencement of the Panchayat polls.
The decision has been taken by the SEC to ensure smooth conduct of the Panchayat elections in Odisha.
The ban on liquor in the poll bound regions will come into force two days before polling during all the five phases of the election. The ban will also continue during the voting day, said the SEC.
The SEC has further asked the officials to make sure that no alcohol is served at any hotel, restaurant that fall in the region where voting will take place and to take strict action against anyone who violates the rule.
The SEC has also imposed restrictions on taking licensed firearms or any type of weapons near polling booths during voting.
Several other guidelines that the SEC has put forward for the upcoming Panchayat polls are as follows:
– No one except the authorised persons are allowed to stay near the polling booths
– Paid leave for government and private employees to allow them to exercise their franchise
– 3-day special CL (casual leave) for employees staying far away from their voting region
– Closure of Court on polling day at places where voting will take place
The three-tier Panchayat elections in Odisha will be held in five phases on February 16, 18, 20, 22 and 24, 2022. The polling will begin at 7 am and continue till 1 pm.
The counting of votes, which will be done at all Block headquarters, will be held on February 26, 27 and 28