Telangana State Election Commission has called for the list of Star Campaigners from each of the recognised each of recognised political parties. However, it has limited the total numbers to 20.
Election Commissioner V Nagireddy said in a statement here today that 20 persons in case of Recognized Political Parties registered with the TSEC and 5 persons in case of Un-Recognized registered Political Parties will be allowed to campaign for their respective parties on behalf of their contesting candidates.
He asked the Parties to submit their list of star campaigners along with their biodata and also a copy of an identity card (one of those notified by the SEC for the purpose of identification of voters) to the Commissioner & Director of Municipal Administration and State Election Authority marking a copy to SEC within 3 days of issuance of election notification under Section 195 of Telangana Municipalities Act, 2019. The Commissioner & Director of Municipal Administration and State Election Authority shall communicate the lists of Star – Campaigners to the District Election Authorities & Addl/Asst. District Election Authorities for their information.
The Commissioner & Director of Municipal Administration and State Election Authority has been hereby authorized to issue vehicle permission to the star campaigners as furnished by the Political parties as mentioned in para 1.4. The permission shall be given in the name of the star campaigners and also mention the registration number of the vehicle and the period for which the permit is issued and area of operation.
The permit may be issued in the format annexed to this notification on a square-shaped sticker with a suitable adhesive. An attested copy of the permit shall be prominently displayed on the windscreen of the vehicle and original be kept by the person for checking by police or any other authorities.
The General Observers, Expenditure Observers, Collectors and District Election Authorities, Municipal Commissioners, Returning Officers and surveillance teams should also be informed such vehicle permissions whenever vehicle permit has been issued to the Star Campaigner of a Political Party for the purpose of accounting of expenditure either on behalf of Party or the contesting candidates.
The also stated that travel expenditure of the Star Campaigners shall also be borne by the Concerned Political Party. In the event of a public rally or meeting by the star campaigner, if the candidate or his election agent shares the dais with the star campaigner or other dignitaries, then the entire expenditure on that rally other than the travel expenses of the star campaigner should be added to the candidate’s expenses.
If the candidate is not present on the dais but the banners and posters with name of the candidate or the photographs of the candidate are displayed at the site of pubic rally or the name of the candidate is mentioned by the dignitary, Star Campaigner, then also the entire expenditure on the public rally, other than the travel expenses of the star campaigner, will be added to the candidate’s account of election expenses. If there is more than one candidate, sharing the dais or displaying banners or posters with their names in rally or meeting, then the expenses on such rally, meeting should equally be divided among all such candidates.
The RO should pass on the information about the other candidates present in the rally to the respective ROs, for making necessary entries of expenditure in the Shadow Observation Register of such candidates.