EC has declared Arunachal as expenditure sensitive state: CEO
Itanagar: With Arunachal Pradesh being declared as one of the "most expenditure sensitive state" in the country, the Election Commission has constituted a high-powered committee to monitor election expenditure in the state, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) CB Kumar said on Wednesday.
"The commission, based on inputs has identified 23 Assembly constituencies (total 60 in the state) in six districts of the state as most expenditure sensitive," Kumar told a press conference here.
The districts include, West Siang, East Siang, Kurung Kumey, Lower Subansiri, Papum Pare and East Kameng, the CEO said.
"This time we are going to have targeted approach instead of general approach to monitor election expenditure in these districts," he said adding, the other districts would also be under the commission scanner.
The CEO said, as per commission`s directions, election expenditure monitoring (EEM) teams like video surveillance teams, video viewing teams, MCMC, flying squads and state surveillance teams have been constituted to check out any type of malpractices during elections.
"Banks have been asked to furnish daily reports on any abnormal withdrawal or deposit. Flying squads and state surveillance teams in each assembly constituency will check all the vehicles to ensure that no unaccounted cash of more than Rs 50,000 is carried by individual and political parties for election related activities," he said.
Lok Sabha polls in Arunachal Pradesh for two constituencies would be held on April 9, while notification would be issued on March 15 and last date for filing nominations has been fixed on March 22 next.
Scrutiny of papers would be conducted on March 24 while last date of withdrawal of candidature has been fixed on March 26 next. Counting of votes would take place on May 16.
Altogether 7,53,170 electorates including 3,77,272 female would exercise their franchise in 2,158 polling stations in the state.
664 polling stations in the state are inaccessible while 8 polling stations are having less than 10 voters, 20 having less than 20 voters and 105 polling stations have less than 50 electors.
The C Sector polling station at Itanagar has the highest number of 1,650 voters, while Malogaon polling station under Hayuliang in Anjaw district has only two voters.
The CEO informed that more than 15,000 government employees were being deployed to conduct the elections besides, 13 senior officers have been appointed as state nodal officers.
"Central paramilitary force will be deployed throughout the state for creating conducive environment in addition to the state`s security forces," he disclosed.
The CEO said, the commission was focusing to check all kinds of inducements including cash, liquor and gift by any political parties.
Moreover, he said, adequate number of general observers, police observers and expenditure observers were being deployed in the state who, would be coming from outside the state and would remain in the concerned district till declaration of the result.
On movement of poll personnel and materials to inaccessible polling stations, he stated that movement would be done in advance and enough air sorties have been requisitioned for transportation of men and materials.
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