The district administration has imposed certain restrictions in the jurisdiction of 74-Rangapara Legislative Assembly constituency for free and fair conduct of the by-poll to the constituency to be held on October 21.
Additional district magistrate, Rohan Kumar Jha, IAS, has vide an order U/S 144 of CrPc prohibited the carrying of sharp weapons, sticks or any other objects that may be used as weapons by any person in public gathering.
Withdrawal/ carrying of large amount of money in cash without prior intimation to local magistrate or officer in-charge of local police station have also been prohibited.
Restrictions are also imposed on transportation/ distribution of cycles, blankets, cotton yarn, etc, without prior intimation to the district authority i.e., local magistrate/ police, which may influence the general public/ voter.
Any kind of direct or indirect election campaigning after 5 pm of October 19 has also been prohibited.
Moreover, the owners of all hotels, lodges, rented houses, etc, in the jurisdiction of Rangapara LAC are directed not to give shelter to any person who is not an elector of 74-Rangapara LAC and anyone residing in any hotel, lodge, etc, must be evicted immediately from the same.
The order will come into force with immediate effect and will remain in force till the process of election is over.
Meanwhile, Assam Government has declared October 21 as paid holiday in all factories, plantations (including tea plantations), shops & commercial establishments, establishment for public entertainment or amusement, contractors’ establishment, firms and such other industries/workshops, commercial & business establishments and banking institution etc.
This has been done to enable the workers/employees to cast their votes in the by-elections under 1- Ratabari (SC); 44- Jania; 74 – Rangapara and 106- Sonari LAC on October 21.