EC to crackdown on black money during polls

The Election Commission will crackdown heavily on use of black money during the upcoming assembly polls in five states and has put in place stronger measures to monitor illegal cash movement

Updated: Oct 18, 2011, 15:50 PM IST

New Delhi: The Election Commission will
crackdown heavily on use of black money during the upcoming
assembly polls in five states and has put in place stronger
measures to monitor illegal cash movement, Chief Election
Commissioner S Y Quraishi said here.

"The EC will come down heavily against black money during
the forthcoming polls," Quraishi said after inaugurating a
day-long workshop for political parties on election
expenditure monitoring here yesterday.

He said the Election Commission (EC) has put stronger
measures to monitor illegal cash movement and funds during
polls after learning from the experiences of last year
assembly polls in Bihar and few other states like Tamil Nadu
and West Bengal recently.

The CEC said that political parties should educate their
cadres at all levels regarding the guidelines framed by the EC
in this regard so that violations are "minimised".

A total of 58 representatives of both national and state-
level political parties from Uttar Pradesh, Punjab,
Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur participated in the workshop.

He said political parties should exercise self restraint
on election expenditure and strictly adhere to the new set of
instructions issued by the EC in this regard recently.

Quraishi, who was was accompanied by two other Election
Commissioners V S Sampath and H S Brahma, said during the
all-party meeting held at its headquarters in October last
year, party leaders had themselves asked Commission to check
use of excess money and menace of paid news in elections.

PTI