Lok Sabha polls: Election Commission to get tough on candidates

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Jamshedpur : With Lok Sabha polls round the corner, the Election Commission of India, (ECI) has worked mechanism to bring transparency in the election expenditure of the candidates.

As per the guidelines, the candidates will have to open a bank account to keep record of all the transactions being carried out for the election purpose but, campaigning to the April 17 polling will be under intense vigil of the expenditure observers and flying squads, who will be on job to prevent the candidates from making covert expenditure.

If the ECI’s push succeeds, candidate expenditures will be scrutinised on a scale and with an intensity never before seen. There will be more video footage shot of individual poll campaigns than ever before. Video Surveillance Team (VST) will move with the candidates to keep track of all his canvassing movements in the constituency.

The district administration of East Singhbhum has intensified preparations for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Officials informed that a team of one election expenditure observer and six assistant observers Assembly constituency wise along with flying squad teams at police station level will be deployed to keep vigil on candidates’ expenditure in the by-election.

Copies of the voters list would be printed for distribution among the political parties and for completing various official formalities. The list would be made available on CD.

The district officials informed that a list of officers and employees from Central and State departments would be prepared be deployed on election duties.

Officials further went on to inform that the process to identify the sensitive polling booths is also on. Apart from identifying the naxal infested areas, procedure is on to identify those booths where the communication system is not available. A detail report of security personnel required have also been prepared by the police administration.

Expenditure Monitoring Control Room (EMCR) with a toll free landline number will be in place for the people to enquire/ lodge complaint with the EC about the irregularities, if any, in the expenditure of the candidates.

The normal practice of political parties lodging complaints of the opponent candidate (s) vis-à-vis poll expenditure is there but in addition to this age-old practice several innovative steps have been incorporated by the ECI to ensure transparency in the elections.

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