Poll expenses: Marriages, political dinners on EC menu
The Election Commission, which has announced to keep an eye on the poll expenses of every candidate, will also keep record of the marriages and parties being thrown or attended by the political leaders.india Updated: Jan 09, 2012 20:23 IST
The Election Commission, which has announced to keep an eye on the poll expenses of every candidate, will also keep record of the marriages and parties being thrown or attended by the political leaders.
While maintaining that distribution of gifts or sponsoring of liquor in a marriage or some other private party would not be allowed, the EC has advised the politicians to get permission before conducting/attending any such event.
If the candidate fails to get permission, it would be considered a violation of the model code of conduct. To monitor the poll expenses, the EC will also depute flying squads, statistics surveillance team and video viewing team.An expense monitoring committee, under the guidance of finance observer SA Usmani, has also been set up to keep an eye on the expenses incurred by candidates. Usmani's mobile number -7579075534 - is being made public so that he can be contacted freely.
Also, to facilitate the complaint procedure for violation of code conduct, the EC has announced to entertain complaints through an SMS also.
IRS observer Ram Krishan Bandi may be contacted at 7579075533 for any complaint, said district magistrate at a meeting in Vikas Bhawan recently. He said candidates had been barred from distributing blankets, shawls and diaries.
Meanwhile, the voters who have not been issued photo identification cards must not worry as voters' slips have been introduced for the first time. "The booth level officer will distribute the voters' slip and a separate counter facility shall be available in all the 1,522 polling booths of the district," said D Santhil Pandiyan, district election officer of Haridwar.
Though the voters' slip system was introduced in the previous elections as well, it was only for some selected booths. Nearly 1000 mock polls were conducted before the final day to avoid any chance of discrepancy at the election time.
Addressing the media persons, Pandiyan appealed to them to disseminate the information to the public for fair conduct of polls. He said the media should ensure that without prior permission from media certification and monitoring committee, nothing should be publicised in print and electronic media.
A sample advertisement given by the candidate should be screened beforehand by the committee before it was published in any newspaper.