Copters to be searched to prevent ferrying cash in Bihar: EC
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 21:48
Bhagalpur (Bihar): Chief Election Commissioner S Y Qureshi on Tuesday said the Election Commission had ordered thorough search of helicopters being used by political leaders in Bihar following complaints that these were being 'misutilised' for ferrying cash.

"We have ordered thorough search of the choppers being used by leaders at the state hangar and also at the places of arrival and departure during their movement," Qureshi told reporters after reviewing poll preparations for the first and fourth phase in the state's Bhagalpur division.

The strict measures followed complaints to the EC that these helicoptors, hired for the purpose of campaigning, were being 'misutilised' for transportation of money from one place to another for election purposes.

Qureshi informed the EC had removed 'dozens of tainted police officers,' besides civil officials, from election-related duties.

Referring to some errors in the voters' list and Photo Identity Cards, the CEC said those whose photographs would be found to be genuine would be allowed to exercise their franchise.

"And those, having not secured EPICs, can use one of the 14 options for voting," he said.

To ensure free, fair and peaceful polls, Qureshi said, any fund crunch would in no way be allowed to affect election-related works.

He said the EC had introduced 'single window system' for political parties for use of money and they were also free for making small expenses in cash.

Qureshi earlier expressed satisfaction over the steps taken for ensuring free and fair poll in the division during the meeting with the top state officials.


First Published: Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 21:48

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