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ELECTION organisers are facing difficulty in allocating plots of land for candidates to pitch tents for their campaigns.

High Elections Committee municipal campaigning regulatory commission co-ordinator Assem Abdullatif said some candidates living in congested areas could be forced to set up tents in other constituencies.

"There are vast areas in some constituencies, while there is limited space in others," said Mr Abdullatif, who is also Southern Municipality director-general.

"However, we are committed to providing space for candidates to set up their tents with campaigning beginning on October 22.

"All that is required is the plot owners' consent for tents of any size, shape or texture to be set up, of course with the approval of the Civil Defence.

"For those who can't get space in their constituencies, as required in the elections' by-laws, especially those running in mass in the Muharraq Governorate in one constituency or in compact residential areas like Isa Town, we will seek special approval for them to set up tents in nearby constituencies from the High Elections Committee."

He was speaking last night as he toured the Capital Governorate's elections supervisory centre at Khawla Secondary School for Girls in Hoora.

He said his team has also encountered some opposing candidates' refusal to set up campaign tents next to each other.

"Personal matters that see fights can be addressed by the Interior Ministry, which will be present at all areas to ensure security," he added.

Meanwhile, Mr Abdullatif said candidates will receive maps that show selected highways and roads where advertising hoardings are allowed to go up.

Violators will lose the BD100 deposit given to the High Elections Committee at the time of registration.

"We have a roadmap of where banners and billboards are allowed and they have been earmarked in the manner we chose due to nature of the areas and for commercial advertising reasons," he explained.

"We don't want to take the deposit of BD100 from anyone, but violators of banners and billboards and even those setting up tents will risk doing so."

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Oct 18, 2014
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