Strict surveilance to curb cash inflow in elections: observers
Election observers deputed by the Election Commission today suggested to Collector and District Election authority Neethu Kumari to arrange for strict surveillance on the movement of vehicles strengthening the check posts to curb the inflow of cash and other material used to lure the voters by various contestants in the present elections.
The general election observers team comprising Lal Chand, Jayaraman Viswanathan, Sowmya Narayan Panigrahi, Siva Prasad, Saravana Perumal and Kailas Kumar interacted with Collector Neethu Kumari, SPs Vijayakumar and Ravikumar, Excise Deputy Commissioner C Vivekananda Reddy, Returning Officers and Nodal officers at a meeting held at the Collectorate today.
The team gave specific guidelines on monitoring of election expenditure, Model Code of Conduct implementation, prevention of contestants from luring the voters with various offers.
They also reviewed the present situation in various constituencies of the district. Ms Neethu Kumari explained to observers, that the inspection conducted in coordination by various departments had yielded good results and so far, Rs 89 lakh in cash, liquor and other material were seized.
The special district level election control room opened at the Collectorate was functioning round the clock and receiving complaints from various sections for speedy action, she added.
Joint Collector R Mutyalaraju, ITDA project officer Gandham Chandrudu, additional Joint Collector Markandeyulu and DRO Yadagiri also took part in the deliberations.
(Posted on 15-04-2014)