Haryana chief electoral officer Shrikant Walgad on Friday said that the law did not allow inclusion of names in the electoral roll after 3 pm on the last date of filing of nominations - March 22, 2014 - till the electoral process would be complete in the state.
He said that elector photo identity card (EPIC) was only an identity document and did not confer the right of vote on a person whose name was not there in the electoral roll. He said that all persons were advised that they must check their names in electoral rolls and the facility of checking was provided on the website of chief electoral officer, Haryana, www.ceoharyana.nic.in.
The facility to check the names in electoral rolls through SMS had also been provided by typing SMS VOTEHRY <space>voter card number and sending it to 9215156503, he added.
He said that as per the directions of the Election Commission of India, a special camp would be organised at all polling stations in Haryana on March 9, 2014 (Sunday) between 9 am to 5 pm for this purpose.
He said that in this camp, booth level officers (BLOs) would be present in their booth along with electoral rolls, so that people could check their names in the electoral rolls. If the name of any person eligible to be enrolled was left out for some reason or had been wrongly deleted, he could immediately fill application Form-6 for inclusion of name in electoral roll and hand it over to the BLO. All persons who attained 18 years on January 1, 2014 were eligible to register as voters, he added.
Candidates can carry cash upto Rs 50,000: Walgad
Walgad held a meeting with representatives of various political parties to discuss issues concerning model code of conduct, limit and procedure to incur election expenditure and other related details to be followed during elections.
Walgad apprised the representatives of political parties that the contesting candidates would have to open a separate bank account for elections. All transactions of election expenditure would have to be carried out through cheques using the same account.
During elections, the limit in cash dealing with any person, firm or organisation was up to Rs 20,000 for the candidates, he said and added that besides, the candidate would have to maintain a shadow register for each and every transaction.
He said that a candidate could carry cash up to only Rs 50,000 and election material amounting up to `10,000. The cash or material exceeding these limits would be confiscated. Apart from candidate, if any other person carries cash or expensive goods related to his business or trade then he should have necessary documents otherwise it would also be confiscated by the Commission, he added.