With an objective to keep a check on the use of money power and distribution of liquor, arms and ammunition during the Lok Sabha elections, the Tarn Taran district administration had constituted three flying squads for each constituency, said Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal, Tarn Taran district election officer-cum-deputy commissioner on Tuesday.
Addressing a meeting of the heads of the three flying squad team — appointed for 52 villages in the district — he directed the officials concerned to remain alert for the proper implementation of the model code of conduct and to initiate action in case of a violation.
Exhorting the officials concerned to check the distribution of money, liquor, arms and ammunition and incidents of intimidation, the DC said as far as checking of voters was concerned, women voters would be searched by female employees and the process of checking would be videographed.
“The report in this regard would be submitted through appointed pro formas to the district election officer, general, accounts and police observers,” said Dhaliwal.
He directed the officials of the flying squads to make announcements that candidates and political parties should abstain from distributing cash, gifts and liquor and other sops among the voters in the areas under their purview.
“In case a candidate or anti-social element is found intimidating a voter, he is liable for action against under the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which could entail imprisonment for a year and fine,” said Dhaliwal.
He added that complaints pertaining to the violation of the model code of conduct could be registered 24 hours at 1800-180-2106. The district election officer maintained that the candidates in fray could spend up to Rs. 70 lakh on electioneering and were permitted to carry cash up to Rs. 50, 000 from one place to another and Rs. 10 lakh after furnishing requisite documents. “Reports pertaining to amounts bigger than Rs. 10 lakhs would be forwarded to the income tax department immediately,” he said.