New Delhi: In a move to ensure free and fair
polls in five states, Election Commission on Monday directed 1200
observers to keep a hawk eye on movement of unaccounted cash
and any violation of the model code.
At a day-long briefing, the full commission headed by SY Quraishi and comprising VS Sampath and HS Brahma, apprised
the observers in detail of their duties with special focus on
measures to check use of black money in the polls.
The observers were also briefed about upkeep of EVMs,
checking of voters` slips and other drills to be followed
during the `code of conduct` period and during actual polls in
states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur.
The EC also asked the observers to keep in touch with the
24X7 control room created exclusively for the Assembly polls
at its headquarters here and report every instance of cash
movement and any other instances of poll code violation to it.
Complimenting them for their good performance in the past
elections, Quraishi said election management in India has
become an example for the world and several countries now wish
to learn skills from ECI and asked them to ensure quick
redressal of complaints.
The EC had recently announced a seven-phase polls in
Uttar Pradesh between February 4 and 28 and single phase
elections in Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa.
Punjab and Uttarakhand will go to polls on January 30,
while elections will be held in Manipur on January 28 and in
Goa on March 3.
The counting of votes in all the states will be held on