Thiruvananthapuram, October 16 : Kerala chief electoral officer Teeka Ram Meena has sent a missive to state police chief Loknath Behera seeking action against political parties breaching restrictions placed on electioneering.
Mr. Meena told reporters that several instances of violations of electioneering regulations by political parties had been brought to his notice.
The chief electoral officer has reportedly received complaints from the public about political parties using loudspeakers at night beyond the permissible decibel limit and obstructing traffic in main thoroughfares by staging election meetings.
The complainants had sought the immediate intervention of the chief electoral officer. A preliminary enquiry has borne out the veracity of the complaints, following which Mr. Meena wrote to the state police chief on October 12 spelling out the need to take action against political parties flouting electioneering norms.
The letter reportedly calls on Mr. Behera to make sure that parties strictly adhered to election rules and to initiate strict action against those violating rules.
Mr. Meena has also asked district administrations to haul up political parties failing to play by the rules.
The election commission permits political parties to campaign between 6 am and 10 pm. Electioneering and use of loudspeakers are prohibited beyond these hours.
However, the chief electoral officer’s office told the media that they had received a litany of complaints via telephone and letters about political parties creating nuisance to the public by throwing all election regulations to the wind.