Jammu, November 20: State Election Commission has imposed ban on use of official vehicles including helicopters and cars for campaigning, electioneering and election related travel including by the Ministers of the Central Government.
However, the SEC and the CEO, in separate orders, have exempted the expenditure incurred on travel by the leaders of a political party for election campaigning from expenditure limit of the candidate.
The order copy with further said that there shall be total and absolute ban on use of official vehicles for campaigning, electioneering or election related travel including helicopters, aircrafts, car, jeeps, automobiles, boats, hovercrafts etc belonging to the Central Government, UT Administration and Public Sector Undertakings/Boards etc.
The District Administration will keep a close watch to find out if any official vehicle belonging to any Authority is being used for electioneering & in case it is being used, the District Magistrate will requisition such vehicles after following due procedure and will not release them till completion of election process.
The order further directs that cars/vehicles will not be allowed to move in convoys of more than five vehicles excluding the security vehicles.