EC details steps to keep a tab on cash flow in state elections

Flying squads,I-T officials at airports to be kept on alert; guidelines in Gujarati.

Written by Syed Khalique Ahmed | Ahmedabad | Published: September 25, 2012 5:56 am

Flying squads,I-T officials at airports to be kept on alert; guidelines in Gujarati.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) of India has issued detailed guidelines to the chief electoral officer (CEO) in the state to keep a check on the election expenditure during Assembly polls to be held later this year.

The guidelines are to be translated into Gujarati language and distributed among the political parties. The election expenditure allowed per candidate is Rs 16 lakh in the state.

The ECI has asked the CEO to draw a list of “expenditure-sensitive constituencies” prone to “high expenditure and corrupt practices” based on the history and profile of constituencies and send them to the ECI before a formal notification for the polls is issued.

The ECI has also ordered for setting up flying squads and static surveillance teams at various check-posts for dealing with unaccounted cash,gold or other valuable assets being carried for influencing the voters.

Any cash suspected to be used for bribing the voters will be seized and the person carrying it will be issued a receipt after getting the entire operation video-recorded to enable him to go for redress. If criminality is not suspected and the cash is found to have no link with any candidate or political party and it is above Rs 2.5 lakh,there will be no seizure but income tax authorities would be informed.

According to the guidelines,all air passengers (excluding those the exempted category) and their baggages will be subjected to frisking and checking before they board any aircraft or helicopter headed for the state during the period from the announcement of elections till the final conduct of the polls.

Also,the CISF deployed at all airports in the country has been instructed to inform the income tax officials at their respective airports if they detect cash exceeding Rs 10 lakh or bullion weighing 1 kg being moved to the airports in Gujarat during the polls. IT official in turn will inform the CEO before landing of the aircraft in Gujarat and CEO will alert the flying squad to take action,if necessary.

ECI has also instructed the air traffic control (ATC) at all commercial airports to inform the CEO about the travel plan of all private aircrafts or helicopters at least half an hour in advance. ATC will also keep a record of all private aircrafts/helicopters landing or taking off from airports in the state,including the type of aircraft,the company which owned or leased it,time of landing and taking off and the number of passengers travelling in it and their route plan and submit a record of it to the CEO.

State CEO Anita Karwal said the guidelines were being translated into Gujarati and would be distributed to political parties soon.

Top EC official reviews preparations

GANDHINAGAR: Deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zutsi on Monday reviewed the poll preparedness in north Gujarat and will review the same for Ahmedabad and central Gujarat on Tuesday. Zutsi,who was in Ahmedabad today,told The Indian Express,“I am meeting district SPs to discuss deployment of forces. We are focusing on controlling misuse of money power. Today,we reviewed poll preparedness in five districts of north Gujarat. Tomorrow,we will review the Ahmedabad region.

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