Poll preparations in full swing in Kanpur

With dates for the Assembly elections drawing near, district administration and police here have constituted ten flying squads to ensure fair and free polling in the district.

Last Updated: Jan 06, 2012, 15:15 PM IST

Kanpur: With dates for the Assembly elections
drawing near, district administration and police here have
constituted ten flying squads to ensure fair and free polling
in the district.

The flying squads, which will have one magistrate in each
team, is being created to provide additional manpower to the
paramilitary forces for checking any inflow of illegal money,
District Magistrate Hari Om said.

The squads will be following the restrictions ordered by
Election Commission (EC) and anybody moving with cash more
than Rs 2.5 lakh without sufficient paperwork will be
detained, he said.

Hari Om also said that the administration is monitoring
local news channels to ensure that no paid news gets telecast
with the intention to influence the electorates. A close
surveillance of campaigns through websites and mobile
messaging is also being done.

Posters, banners, hoardings from around 2,249 private
places and 16,009 public places have already been removed,
Hari Om said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Inspector General of Police Rajesh Rai
said all polling booths will be manned by the Paramilitary
Forces with the addition of Provincial Armed Constabulary
(PAC) and Police Forces.

However, not all of them will be provided with licensed
arms.

The seven-phased elections for the 403-member Uttar
Pradesh assembly would start on February 4 and end on February
28.

PTI