Prompt action against those offering cash, gifts to voters: EC

Prompt action against those offering cash, gifts to voters: EC
The Election Commission on Friday said prompt action would be taken against political parties or candidates who try to influence voters for the April 12 R K Nagar Assembly bypoll by offering cash or gifts.

Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha, who is here to review steps taken for smooth conduct of the poll, said they have received complaints that cash or gifts are being given to induce voters.

Informing that the Election Commission has set a 24 hour time limit for redressal of such complaints, he said, "All grievances will be addressed promptly."

"The Election Commission is of the view that we should stop any inducement activity by any political party or by any candidate," Sinha said and sought the support of all "stakeholders" on this issue.

Asserting that the electorate play the most important role, he said, "They have to understand the importance of voting without being influenced."

Sinha said officials from Income Tax department, Enforcement Department and surveillance teams will monitor vital junctions like airports, railway stations and bus stands to check if large amounts of money are being transferred. "We are also taking the Commercial Tax department on board to check distribution of liquor in large quantities. We also warned traders not to indulge in such activities. All liquor shops will be closely monitored," he said.


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