'Electorate will have 'none of the above' option for first time'
The government machinery is fully geared up to conduct free and fair Lok Sabha elections slated for April 10.
District electoral officer-cum-deputy commissioner, Nikhil Gajraj, said that various steps are being taken to ensure smooth conduct of the polls. Addressing a press conference here, Gajraj said that photo electric roles at the polling booths would identify the voters and the electorate need not furnish the identity card to establish his or her identity.
He said that for the first time an electorate would have the 'none of the above' option on the electronic voters machine (EVM). He said that it would be mandatory for all the candidates to declare his or her assets in the country as well as foreign countries, besides statue of any pending criminal case. The candidates have to open a separate bank account for the purpose of poll expenditure.
The limit of expenditure for each candidate has been increased to `70 lakh, and 8 committees have been constituted to monitor the expenditure of candidates. Special expenditure and awareness observers are being appointed for the first time by the chief election commissioner in each constituency, he said.
The videography of the polling process would be 100% this time. The voters would be motivated to use their franchise by putting up hoardings and distributing pamphlets.
In reply to a question, he disclosed that expenditure on the 'paid news' would be added to the expenditure of the candidate concerned.