Vijai Sardesai pitches before ECI to exempt traditional religious activities from sound ban

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Panaji: Deputy Chief Minister and Goa Forward Party (GFP) President Vijai Sardesai today said that his party will request the Election Commission of India (ECI) to exempt traditional religious activities from the scope of sound ban.

The move will go a long way in helping religious functions during Lent season.

Sardesai said that party will request for exemption under the Noise Pollution Rules.

“All religions should come in the ambit of this exemption. This is relevant due to ongoing Lenten Season and pre-Easter services,” he tweeted.

When contacted, Additional CEO Narayan Sawant said that sound ban is not been imposed under election code but it is a rule under Noise Pollution Act that no loud speaker can be played after 10.00pm. “If there is representation, we will look into it considering the need,” he said.

The model code of conduct is currently in force due to ensuing Lok Sabha polls and by-elections in three assembly constituencies. ECI has imposed several restrictions as part of code.

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