Battleground Manipur 2017: Money, liquor, arms seized ahead of Assembly polls

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Elections officials have started seizing arms, money, liquor to ensure free and fair elections in Manipur scheduled on March 4 and 8 next. Chief Electoral Officer Manipur, Vivek Kumar Dewangan said Election Commission (EC) officials have so far seized Rs 6,95,000 from some individuals.

Officials also seized 18, 247 liters of liquor in about 2,725 raids conducted in different parts of the state. From different individuals 79 arms were seized and 3,680 arms deposited to state authorities. Dewangan said officials received complaint that GI sheets were distributed to residents of four localities under Kshetrigao Assembly Constituency.

Officials seized all the GI sheets as it was clear violation of Model Code of Conduct he added. Officials have been asked to find out whether minors are included in the electoral roll in Wanging, Tentha and Heirok under Thoubal district. He said for the first time, photographs of candidates will be used in order to avoid confusion among the voters.

Election Expenditure Monitoring teams have been activated following announcement of Election Schedule.

All together there are 118 Flying Squads, 111 Static Surveillance Teams, 59 Video Surveillance Teams, 55 Video Viewing Teams and 59 Accounting Teams. Income Tax Surveillance Team has been activated in all the districts. Air Intelligence Team has been activated at Imphal, Agartala, Guwahati and Aizawl airports. 24X7 Control Room is now activated.

Twenty Expenditure Observers have been appointed by ECI. For all the 60 constituencies 60 Assistant Expenditure Observers have been appointed he added.

First training of candidates/their agents shall be conducted immediately on the day of scrutiny of nomination in presence of Expenditure Observers to acquaint them with legal provisions, procedures for filing up the forms and registers and dates of inspection of accounts he further added.

(Agencies)

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