In the last two months, the election authorities have received over nine lakh applications for the inclusion of names of voters in electoral rolls, Praveen Kumar, Chief Electoral Officer, said on Saturday.

The CEO pointed out that it was in January that the final electoral roll was published.

As the figure of applications was almost equivalent to what the authorities would receive during summary revisions, the State Elections Department had asked officials concerned to carry out thorough verification before passing on orders regarding the applications.

During the 2010 summary revision, nearly 11.5 lakh voters were included.

Mr. Kumar explained that the officials concerned could issue the orders till the date of withdrawal of nomination of candidates for the Assembly elections.

As many as 35,240 cases were filed for the violation of the model code of conduct. But, by taking into account the number of instances in which the officials had taken action suo motu, the number went up to 37,667. Around 34,000 cases pertained to the defacement of properties. The authorities had taken action in respect of 105 cases pertaining to bribery.

Around Rs. 9 crore in cash had been seized.

The CEO also made it clear that it was not the intention of the officials to harass small traders, while seizing cash. New norms had been issued by the Commission in this regard.

All those school teachers, who were supposed to be deployed for the election work, would be trained on March 27 and April 3. They would account for 20 per cent of 2.76 lakh officials, who had been assigned the election duty.

No campaigning would be allowed within 200 meters of any school which have been designated as examination centers. The use of loudspeakers would also be banned within this area. Nearly 10,000 booths had been identified as critical.

Fifty-eight expenditure observers had been posted for the State. For every two Assembly constituencies, one general observer had been employed.