Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat would be allowed to hoist the national flag on Republic Day, a senior Election Commission official on Tuesdaysaid amid apprehensions that such an act in the poll-bound state could be considered as violation of code of conduct.

Joint Chief Electoral Officer Narayan Navti told a news agency that the Election Commission (EC) has clarified that Kamat hoisting the tri-colour on January 26 would not amount to violation of code of conduct.

However, abundant precautions would be taken to ensure that the event is not misused for poll campaigning, he said, adding, "Entire event would be video-graphed."

The EC has also given green signal for the traditional tea party hosted at the Raj Bhavan.

According to sources, the Chief Minister would be hosting the party at Governor K Sankaranarayanan's official residence since the latter holds charge of Goa and Maharashtra and is not expected to be present in the state on the day.

The assembly elections are scheduled in Goa on March 3.

(Agencies)