Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 24:
To keep detailed records relating to the requirements of various political parties as well as the expenditure incurred by them for campaigning for the ensuing general elections, the Election Commission (CEC) has introduced a single window clearance system in every state including Odisha.
“Henceforth, the political parties will have to seek permission from the single window permission cell inside the office premises of the additional collector and sub-collector, designated as returning officers (ROs), in every district relating to conduct of election meetings, taking out rallies, campaigning, hiring vehicles and use of helipads and airports”, said state chief electoral officer (CEO) Dr Mona Sharma.
She said the candidates contesting the polls will have to apply for permission with a detailed list of expenditure involvedv in it 48 hours before the campaigning and the concerned RO would provide them with the letter of permission within 36 hours.
The permission cell will have senior police officials and officials of other departments and will be equipped with facilities such as photocopy machine, scanner, computer and telephone to expedite the process of clearance.
A candidate or a political party can seek permission from the cell a week before oganising meetings and rallies while the minimum duration for application for this purpose would be 48 hours, the CEO informed.