Punjab

ECI ALL SET TO CONDUCT FREE AND FAIR ELECTION IN PUNJAB

May 16, 2019 08:04 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

Punjab is all set to witness the most sacred epic battle of democracy tomorrow with Election Commission making all arrangements to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections in the state.

• 2.7 CRORE ELECTORATE TO DECIDE THE FATE OF 278 CANDIDATES ON MAY 19

• 254 MALE AND 24 FEMALE CANDIDATES TO VIE FOR 13 PARLIAMENTARY SEATS

• OVER 1 LAKH POLICE PERSONNEL DEPLOYED TO ENSURE PEACEFUL ELECTIONS IN THE STATE

• MAJOR FOCUS ON CHECKING FLOW OF LIQUOR, NARCOTICS AND INDUCEMENT BY MONEY

• DC'S AND SSP'S TOLD TO CRITICALLY MONITOR SITUATION IN NEXT 48 HOURS AND TAKE PREVENTIVE MEASURES AS PER LOCAL SITUATION.

Briefing the media Dr. S. Karuna Raju Chief electoral Officer and Mr. R.N. Dhoke ADGP Elections informed that total State machinery working round the clock to ensure peaceful ,free and fair elections with over 1.25 lakh employees and over 1 lakh Police officials deployed to conduct 'MAHAUTSAV' of democracy. He said that over 20781211 electorate would decide the fate of 278 candidates in 13 constituencies. Dr. Raju said that 23,213 polling stations have been established and 42689 ballet units, 28703 VVPAT are being used in this election. He said that 394780 first time voters would exercise their right of franchise this time and all District Administrations are taking adequate steps to motivate first time voters. 

 Giving the briefing about law and order Dr. Raju said Election has said that over 1 lakh Police Personnel would be deployed throughout the state and Police parties would conduct thorough search to check the flow of liquor, narcotics and money to ensure free and fair elections.

The CEO said that all DC's and SSP's were on their toes to check the incidents of distribution of liquor, narcotics and money for inducing the voters and raids would be conducted immediately on receiving information or complaints.

Ms Kavita Singh and Mr. Sibbin C (both Additional Chief Electoral Officers) were also present in the press conference. 

 CASH, LIQUOR, PSYCHOTROPIC SUBSTANCES AND VALUABLES WORTH Rs. 283 CRORE SEIZED IN PUNJAB AFTER ENFORCEMENT OF CODE: After Enforcement of Model Code of Conduct come in the state in view of Lok Sabha polls, the enforcement teams have seized cash, liquor, psychotropic substances and valuables worth Rs. 283 crore in violation of code till May 16, 2019.

Giving details in this regard, the Chief Electoral Officer Dr. S Karuna Raju said that the surveillance teams had seized 1351369 litres of liquor worth Rs 10 crore. Similarly, the enforcement wings have also recovered 8102 kg psychotropic substances amounting to Rs 218 crore and valuable like ( Gold, Silver etc) amounting to Rs. 22.56 crore besides confiscating unaccounted cash of Rs 32.07 crore, he added.

The Chief Electoral Officer revealed that 3743 persons have been identified, who can create disturbance, said he adding that out of these persons action had already been initiated against 3749 while the remaining would also be brought to book. He informed there were 400 non bailable warrant cases under process in the state of which action had been initiated against 4855 persons under non bailable warrants after the enforcement of Model Code of Conduct.

As per the directions of the election commission, Dr. Raju said till date 97% licensed weapons had been surrendered and 142 illegal arms and 873 illegal ammunitions were also confiscated in the state. He further said that 2277 complaints found correct out of 3855 complaints received on cVigil App.  

59 NOTICES ISSUED FOR NOISE POLLUTION: as per ECI instructions office of Chief Electoral Officer Punjab monitoring noise pollution and issued 59 notices for noise pollution in state after May 9, 2019 to till date. Total 101 notices had been issued since enforcement of model code of conduct.

Disclosing this here today, CEO Dr. S. Karuna Raju said that to compliance of norms of Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000 during ensuing period of Model code of Conduct. As per reports received from the State, concerned Deputy Commissioners instructed to issue 59 notices for noise pollution. These notices has been issued for not stuck to limit of sound decibels and using public address system after prescribed time limit.

He further said that in Pathankot district 10 notices has been issued, similarly in Gurdaspur 2, Kapurthala 4, Jalandhar 2, Ludhiana 12, Moga 14, Bathinda 12, Mansa 2 and Fazilka 1 notice has been issued. 

2060 COMPLAINTS OF VIOLATION OF MODEL CODE OF CONDUCT RECEIVED: After the enforcement of Model Code of Conduct in the State 2060 complaints have been receive regarding the violation of Model Code of Conduct, out of these 1762 complaints have been disposed of whereas 298 complaints under consideration.

Disclosing this Dr. S Karuna Raju Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab said that 1881 complaints have also been received from Election Commissioner of India out of which 164 complaints have been resolved and 17 complaints are under consideration. Similarly, 325 complaints concerning police have been received. 149 complaints are against the working of police department. Likewise, 20 complaints pertaining to Excise Department, 77 complaints pertaining to rural development & Panchayat Department, 79 complaints against Local Bodies departments and 1157 complaints have been received against other departments

Dr. Raju further said that 112 complaints have been received from political parties of Punjab whereas 58 complaints have been received against the political parties. 

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