Chennai, Apr 4 : The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Thursday said it has deployed a minimum of two Expenditure Observers per Parliamentary constituency, besides a Special Expenditure Observer, for strict vigil to prevent abuse of money power.
Talking to reporters after reviewing the preparedness for the April 18 Lok Sabha elections to 39 seats and Assembly bypolls to 18 seats, Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra said the officers have been asked to intensify effective and visible measures.
The EC has directed the officers to ensure comprehensive monitoring for GPS enabled squads, Static Surveillance teams and checking at border check-posts, besides maintaining strict vigil on liquor seizure and freebies, cash transfer movements.
''Keeping in view the sensitivity on Expenditure related issues, minimum two Expenditure Observers per Parliamentary constituency have been deployed for strict vigil'', they said, adding, in addition, a Special Expenditure Observer has also been deployed for Tamil Nadu.
The ECI also directed the DCs and Police Officers to carefully look into law and order concerns and take appropriate actions for building conducive environment, by speedy execution of pending Non Bailable Warrants (NBWs) and speedy disposal of pending cases of the electoral offences from last elections.
They were also asked to ensure 100 per cent deposition of arms unless exempted under specific category.
''So far 19,655 arms have been deposited out of 21,925'', they said.
They said Central Armed Police Forces will be deployed in adequate numbers wherever such necessity is assessed, besides, general and police observers have been deployed in the state to monitor all the activities and ensure compliance of ECI’s directions.
The ECI has also directed the officers to make special security arrangements in sensitive areas.
Stating that the ECI attaches maximum importance to ensuring conducive environment for free and fair elections in the State, they said the ECI has directed the electoral machinery of the State to gear up with due logistics arrangements.
Officers have been asked to make comprehensive action plans so as to instill absolute confidence in all stakeholders. The aim is to enable the voters to exercise their franchise without any fear, pressure or allurement.
Stating that the ECI has Zero tolerance for any negligence or proven malafide by officials, they said the EC stands by officers for all inadvertent bonafide errors. (UNI)