District Collector Prashant Kumar Mishra issues directive on printing pamphlets & banner for Lok Sabha elections

The imminent implementation of the model code of conduct for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections brings forth a directive from District Collector and Election Officer Prashant Kumar Mishra in Ballari. 

Emphasizing the necessity of prior permission, Mishra addressed local printing press owners at a meeting in the city collector’s office. He stressed that the printing of flexes, pamphlets, and banners without approval is prohibited, and violators will face repercussions under the Representation of the People Act. 

Mishra highlighted the need for responsible printing, ensuring content avoids political propaganda, communal tensions, and sentiments that could provoke unrest. Section 127A of the Act mandates providing details to the District Election Officer, including the printer’s and publisher’s names, and the quantity printed. Mishra warned of penalties, including a 6-month jail term and a Rs 2,000 fine for non-compliance. 

He urged vigilance against printing elsewhere and distributing materials within the district, assuring the active presence of SST and FST teams to address such incidents. Additional District Collector Mohammad Zubair attended the meeting alongside local printing press owners.

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