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To check black money, tax sleuths to man airports

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  21 March 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Assembly Elections 2016

Full EC bench on Assam visit from today to oversee poll preparations, 586 nomitions found valid for first phase


BY Our Staff Reporter

Guwahati, Mar 20: The Income Tax department has formed air intelligence units at all six airports in the State to check use of black money during the elections.

The teams were formed as per guidelines of the Election Commission, additiol CEO Siddharth Singh informed.

Singh said so far Rs 2,95,47,834 has been seized by IT and EC officials in the State.

Moreover, 4,33,417.76 litres of liquor have been seized and 1,185 cases registered against as many people.

Some 5.5 kg of drugs have been seized so far, Singh said.

Altogether 586 nomitions were found valid for the first polling phase of Assam assembly election at the end of scrutiny.

Additiol CEO Gaurav Bothra said, "Total 599 nomitions were filed for the first phase for 65 constituencies and 13 were rejected after scrutiny."

With the last date for withdrawal of nomition being tomorrow, the fil list of contesting candidates along with their allocated symbols will be available after the end of withdrawal of nomitions, Bothra added.

Additiol CEO Nitin Khade informed that 1,445 possible intimidators have been identified in the State and action against 1,208 already taken.

He further said 24,151 licensed arms have been deposited, while 86 illegal arms and 333 ammunition have been seized so far.

On the IT initiatives undertaken, additiol CEO Adil Khan said 640 complaints have been received till March 19 through Samadhan, the public complaint redressal mechanism, out of which 595 have been disposed off.

Through Suvidha, which is for parties and candidates, Khan said 1,168 applications have been received till March 19 and 1,026 already disposed off.

Meanwhile, a first-of-its kind online system was today launched for the State assembly election for monitoring complaints related to model code of conduct (MCC).

Developed by the team of Assam CEO office, the MCC monitoring system 'Savdhan' is being used in the State for the first time, additiol CEO Nitin Khade said here.

He said though the 'Samadhan' system was in place for public grievance redressal, the 'Savdhan' system will be exclusively for MCC related complaints.

Khade said only a valid email ID would be necessary for filing complaint through Savdhan.

The full bench of the Election Commission will be visiting Assam with a two day programme from tomorrow to oversee the preparations for two phased assembly election in the state, slated for April 4 and 11 next.

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