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‘Single window system’ for rallies’ clearance ordered

Seeking to cut bureaucratic red tape, the Election Commission on Friday issued orders for setting up a ‘single window system’ in all parliamentary seats to provide clearance to candidates and political parties to hold rallies and public meetings during the Lok Sabha polls.

In a directive issued to all chief electoral officers, the poll body said all returning officers should set up a ‘single window permission cell’ to provide permission to parties and candidates for holding rallies, public meetings, using vehicles for campaigning and using non-commercial airports and helipads for their high-flying campaigners.

The returning officers will have to deploy a dedicated staff to handle the requests and forward the same to nodal officers of other departments for ‘prompt action’.

A DSP-level officer will have to camp at the permission cell to issue permissions or provide decisions after obtaining approval from competent authority of state police and land- owning agencies concerned.

Under the new system, the candidate or party will not have to seek separate permission from traffic police for election events.
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