GUWAHATI, March 8 � Stern action would be taken against government officials who are found taking part in any activity that undermines the model code of conduct, Chief Election Commissioner, SY Quraishi told mediapersons here.
At a press meet held at the Circuit house, he mentioned that 137 State Government officials, who ought to have been transferred are still at their posts. The government has been asked to ensure that their transfers take place immediately.
Quraishi revealed that a few reports of violation of model code of conduct in Assam have been received, and he had asked the authorities concerned to take action. He solicited the media�s support in reporting any such incident, and asked monitoring officials to be alert about any news of model code violations in the media and treat them as formal complaints.
The CEC mentioned that he has had meetings with leaders of political parties who apprised him of a number of issues, including the disbursement of freebies in violation of the model code of conduct. Opposition party members had expressed concern over security, calling for more police personnel and installation of CCTVs.
The Election Commission would also be tough on any candidate found manipulating campaign-related expenses, and mobile squads would monitor how much money is being spent. Income Tax personnel would be keeping an eye on the flow of money, and airports and hotels would be under the scanner.
He stated that vulnerability mapping of constituencies has been completed and the administration and police have become aware of the special needs in some areas. Sensitive and highly sensitive polling stations have been identified across the state, in which extra monitoring and policing would take place.
This Assembly election in Assam would have of 1,81,56,871 voters of whom 93,79,157 are male voters and 87,77,714 female. A total of 23,813 polling stations would be in use in 15,653 locations, he added. Facilitation booths would be set up to assist voters, and village headmen and Booth Level Officers would help to identify genuine voters.
The CEC further informed that a call centre working round the clock would be set up to respond to election-related queries. The service will be provided from the number 1965 that will become functional in Assam from March 10.