New system to check poll expenses in place

New system to check poll expenses in place

By-election: Candidates will be under close scrutiny

The CEC had implemented the system in Bihar that witnessed polls a few months back.

In view of code of conduct in place for the by-election, candidates will be required to provide records for their financial transactions, Deputy Commissioner Manoj Kumar Meena has said in a press release here. Candidates have to identify the source of their funding,
he added. 

Flying squads have been formed for each station who will ensure effective implementation of code of conduct.

Under the new system, teams formed under Election Expenditure Monitoring Mechanism will monitor and document the everyday expenditure by candidates. Later, the team will tally with its estimated expenditure. Differences in accounts will attract punishment.

Deputy Commissioner Manoj Kumar Meena told Deccan Herald that the vigilance team will videograph every campaign and document materials utilised in the campaign, even chairs used for meetings. It will estimate the amount of every material and will be recorded in a register.

“We will tally the account expenditure provided by the candidate with the estimated amount by our team. If there is a difference, notice will be issued to candidate and the same will be brought to the notice of Election Commission. If the difference is more, the winning candidate may be disqualified. This is being done to prevent candidate from providing false accounts,” he added.

Observers appointed

The district administration has set up units to monitor expenditure in the district. H Phaniraju, IT Additional Commissioner, Hyderabad, has been appointed as election expenditure observer. His contact no is 725939055. Assistant Commissioner R S Peddappaiah is the nodal officer.

The telephone numbers control room and call centres for complaints related to poll expenditure: 08152-222098, 222711, 222133 and 224926; Shivalingaiah 94801-21333; Bhaskar 94487-71713; Zamir Pasha 91415-79529; Sudhakar 94480-19864; and Shivanandaiah 94489-22509.

Other monitoring teams

Media Management Team

Dr Srirama Reddy 9845377413; Himantha Raju 94493 22102; and K Prahalad Rao 93422 82262.

Video vigilance team

Shiva Kumar 94484 14401; Ramkumar 9448100936; Venkatesh 9448737597;  and Fasi Ulla 97433 87160.

Accountant team

Sudhakar 94489 62497.

Besides, two officers have been appointed to provide electoral list to the public and they can be contacted on 08152 222098 .