To help election supervisors keep a tab on campaigning expenses, the administration has deployed virtual aides for them — more than 60 moving cameras.
These cameras will track all publicity materials used, including banners, cutouts, hoardings and posters. Even pamphlets and stickers distributed will not escape the lens. “We will use the moving cameras to monitor election expenditure. Though we can’t follow every candidate, but we will try our best,” said returning officer VS Hooda.
On the D-day, a total of 69 cameras will be at work. Out of them, 55 will be installed at sensitive booths while a dozen would be set up at the offices of assistant returning officers. Also, one camera will be installed at the offices of the district election officer and the police commissioner. Monday is the last date for filing nominations for the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) elections. After this, candidates will set the campaigning ball rolling.
Though most of the candidates have already put up boards and banners even before the window of nominations opened on April 28, the list of expenses incurred will be maintained only after the papers are filed.
Assistant returning officers (AROs) have been entrusted with the job of ensuring that bills don’t cross the limit of R75,000. If a candidate is found spending more than the said amount, the nomination will be cancelled.
There are 459 polling booths in the city where 4.28 lakh voters are expected to vote on May 15. Out of these booths, police commissioner SS Deswal, who is also the election observer, will zero in on sensitive booths in a meeting to be held with the 12 returning officials.