Itanagar: Election Commission of India (ECI) appointed Special Expenditure Observer for Arunachal D D Goel on Monday underscored the importance of teamwork while checking, frisking people and vehicles during the election process. Addressing the election officials at Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) office here, Goel urged all stakeholders to leave no stone unturned in order to ensure free and fair elections and were not impacted by money. He said that the CEO must make a sincere effort to prepare a level playing field by systematically stemming the rampant use of money by political parties. Goel asked the concerned officers to closely monitor the bank transactions to check financial malpractices and further emphasized on timely action on misuse of money during election saying that delay in taking actions would invariably defeat the purpose.
State Inspector General of Police Sunil Garg while participating in the deliberation, told Goel that even CM’s cars and police vehicles were not spared while carrying out checking.
The IGP said that as on date more than five crore in cash had been seized from different places in the state.
Earlier, CEO Kaling Tayeng threw light on the election preparedness in the state and apprised Goel on the various steps that had been initiated to conduct free and fair simultaneous elections in the state on April 11 next.
Tayeng said that the Income Tax Department was actively involved along with police in checking electoral malpractices. The meeting was attended by Additional CEO Kangki Darang, SP (Elections), Tax & Excise Commissioner Anirudha Sharan Singh and all state nodal officers.
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