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EC orders inquiry into irregularities in expenses

The Election Commission has taken note of grave irregularities witnessed during the elections in the city.

Written by Express News Service | Panchkula |
June 1, 2013 12:54:31 am

The Election Commission has taken note of grave irregularities witnessed during the elections in the city. The commission has ordered an inquiry into paid news articles released by the candidates that the candidates are not showing as part of their expenses.

In accordance with an order by the State Election Commission,directions have been issued to the Deputy Commissioner,Panchkula,to look into the irregularities. It has been noted in the order that during the review of arrangements of the corporation elections,the commission found that the contesting candidates were campaigning by putting up hoardings and banners releasing advertisements in newspapers as well as in the electronic media,but the pamphlets did not bear the name of the printing press. Also,the order notes that in some cases advertisements are released by persons other than the candidates.

The DC has been directed to ensure the maintenance of the records of advertisements released to the channels and newspapers on a day-to-day basis.

The order also read that in some cases,the news is being given in the newspapers and television channels which is in the nature of advertisements and promotional campaign and the directions have been issued that the District Information and Public Relations Officer (DIPRO) to keep a watch on such materials and give details along with cuttings and CDs to the Expenditure Observer. The District Administration has also been asked to take action against the printing press for publishing and printing the material without mentioning the name of the printing press.

“The contesting candidates may be directed to get the name of printing press published on the posters and banners,” the order read. The Supervisory Officers and Municipal Corporation authorities have also been asked to keep a close watch on banners,news and advertisements and have been directed to bring the same to the notice of Election Observer. “It must be ensured by the Expenditure Observer concerned that the expenditure incurred by the contesting candidates on such advertisements has been entered by them in the expenditure register which requires to be maintained on day-to-day basis by the concerned candidates,” the order read.

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