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Over 63,000 public hoardings, banner and posters removed

Over 63,000 public hoardings, banner and posters removed

NEW DELHI: More than 63,000 public hoardings, banners and posters carrying images of party leaders or any political references have been removed in the city in accordance with the model code of conduct for the general elections, officials said on Friday. The Election Commission had announced the schedule for the polls on Sunday. The election is due on May 12 in Delhi.

"In 72 hours from the time of announcement of election dates, 63,449 hoardings, banners and posters have been removed from various public places," according to data shared by the office of the Delhi's Chief Electoral Officer (CEO).

Officials at the CEO office said, "As many as 30,533 such publicity material have been removed from areas falling in the jurisdiction of the New Delhi Municipal Council." From areas under the three municipal corporations, the number of hoardings and other materials removed are - North Corporation 4,945, South Corporation 22,419 and East Corporation 3,141, officials said.

In areas falling under the Delhi Cantonment Board, 2,411 hoardings and banner have been removed. "Under violation of the model code of conduct, up to March 15, a total of two FIRs/DD entries have been lodged against political parties, one each against the AAP and the BJP," Delhi CEO office said in a statement.

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