Coimbatore

Working of monitoring teams reviewed

A review on the workings of the various monitoring teams was held here under the election expenditure observer Aneish P Rajan and the District Collector S. Prabhakar on Wednesday.

The teams constituted as per the directions of the Election Commission of India for the monitoring of the conduct of elections that include the static surveillance team, flying squads were directed to branch out to organise monitoring of constituencies and not be stationed within a cluster, according to an administration release.

According to the administration, the election expenditure observer has directed the various teams to branch out in order to enable quick response to alerts of malpractice. The expenditure observer has directed the teams to be highly mobile and tour through the constituencies for surveillance instead of being stationary.

Further, where inspections are carried out based on public alerts of distribution of cash, liquor or gifts, the same shall be videographed clearly. Teams were also asked to exercise caution while subjecting vehicle bearing women and children to inspection.

According to the Collector and the district election officer, the inspecting teams shall explain the reason for the inspection to the occupants of the vehicle and have the vehicle parked safely by the side of the road to carry out the inspections.

Mr. Rajan has directed the video monitoring teams to videograph the speeches, and movement of the convoys of star campaigners and local functionaries. Besides, the teams shall also videograph details of the campaign, including the leaflets, banners, posters, mike sets, pandals used, types of flags, decorations, vehicles used among others. This will enable estimation of the actual expenditure of the candidate, the teams were told.

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