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Election Commission Takes Arieal Route to Curb Distribution of Liquor and Money among Voters during BMC Polls

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By Hello Mumbai Team

Mumbai, 20 Jan. Maharashtra State Election Commission on Saturday held the high level meeting with IAS and IPS officers at Mumbai office in view of upcoming BMC election in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra. In this meet election commission has given instructions and ordered to check illegal movement of cash and liquor, which could be brought to the city for distribution among voters during the upcoming BMC polls, strict vigil would be kept in the coastal and forest areas and also on chartered flights and choppers.

State Election Commissioner J S Saharia, who held a meeting here to review the preparations for BMC polls scheduled to be held on February 21, said stringent steps would be taken to check the distribution of money and liquor to influence the voters.

He also expressed satisfaction over the preparations for the elections so far.

“To curb the distribution of money and liquor among the voters, all the helipads, chartered flights, helicopters, coastal areas, jungles falling under the city limits would be patrolled,” Saharia told media persons.

“The Commission has also asked the Railways to check the compartments as a large consignment of liquor was seized in a few days ago and it becomes a norm during the elections.”The crackdown on cash and alcohol would be done with the help of city police, railway policeand Income Tax department

“The Election Monitoring Committee, comprising senior officers like district collectors, municipal commissioners and Income Tax officers would keep a close watch on the expenditure limits of the candidates. I-T officers would also keep a tab on the accounts of the candidates and hawala operators. If the candidates are found indulging suspicious withdrawals or transactions, then action would be initiated,” Saharia said.

The commission has already appointed 15 Expenditure Observers, Income Tax mainly officers, to keep a tab on the expenses of the candidates.

According to the SEC, the election staff would start getting training for the smooth conduct of elections.

“We have taken all the precautionary steps for free, fair and transparent polls to BMC. I along with the senior officers, including the BMC commissioner and other designated officer took a review meeting of the preparatory works being undertaken by the electoral officers and found it to be up to the mark,”. J S Saharia said.

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