In its bid to conduct eco-friendly elections, the Election Commission (EC) has directed all political parties and their candidates to desist from using environmentally hazardous publicity materials like plastics and polythene in the election campaign for the Lok Sabha polls.
“The DEOs and ROs are directed to emphasize the importance of environmental protection and preservation during the meetings with the political parties and contesting candidates and ensure that the instructions of the Commission with regard to the restrictions on the usage of non-eco-friendly materials like plastics, polythene etc. during electioneering shall be adhered to by all concerned,” said a press note by the Election Commission.
The Commission has directed that the use of public address system or loudspeakers or any sound amplifier, whether fitted on vehicles of any kind whatsoever, or in static position used for public meetings for electioneering purposes, during the entire election period starting from the date of announcement of election and ending with the date of declaration of results, shall not be permitted at night between 10 pm and 6 am.
Reference- ANI, Election Commission website