Jammu and Kashmir: By-polls in Srinagar and Anantnag will be held on April 9. (Representational Image)
With by-polls to Srinagar scheduled for April 9, district election officer Farooq Ahmad Lone held a meeting with representatives of various political parties yesterday.
Briefing them about the election guidelines, the meeting discussed the implementation of the model code of conduct, scrutinising advertisement by political parties, media monitoring, expenditure monitoring, maintenance of shadow observation register and permission for conduct of public rallies, an official spokesman said today.
Asking the political parties to cooperate with state administration to ensure free and fair elections, Mr Lone advised the parties to avoid defamatory personal remarks or provocative statements, which could initiate an official enquiry.
Stressing on strict implementation of the election panel guidelines, he asked contesting candidates to open separate bank accounts for election expenditure. The meeting also discussed the designation of polling stations and participants were asked to file objections, if any, by March 13.
On March 9, the Election Commission (EC) announced the schedule for by-elections to three parliamentary and 12 assembly constituencies.
By-polls to Srinagar and Anantnag Lok Sabha constituencies in Kashmir would be held on April 9 and 12, respectively.
The Anantnag seat fell vacant in June last after Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti won the assembly elections and resigned from the Lok Sabha.
The Srinagar Lok Sabha seat was vacated by former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Tariq Hamid Karra who had resigned in protest against alleged "brutalities" on protesters in the Valley.
By-polls in Radhakrishnan Nagar, Tamil Nadu, which fell vacant after the demise of then Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa will also be held on 12 April.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)