Tamil Nadu polls: Monitoring cash flow is a great concern, says CEC

March 15th, 2011 - 12:48 pm ICT by ANI  

Chennai, Mar 15 (ANI): Ahead of the upcoming Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) S. Y. Quraishi has said the money seized in raids by the state election commission is only the tip of the iceberg.

Talking to mediapersons after reviewing poll arrangements, Quraishi said: “The flow of money is our biggest challenge. Even the money confiscated in the recent seizures does not cover it all. There is a huge amount of money flowing.”

He said the Election Commission would press into service its observers and video surveillance teams to check the distribution of money and gifts to the voters during the election

Quraishi warned of stern action against officials who were acting in a biased manner during the elections.

‘A long list of officers who were biased has been given to us’, he said adding the Commission would cross check and verify and if need, change the officers.

He further said political parties expressed satisfaction over election management measures in the state.

“All the political parties expressed their satisfactory and happiness about the election management measures, particularly the new expenditure control measures and they suggested there could be even more tidy wherever possible,” he said.

“Then of course, they are concerned that security should be adequate and the searches should be more by central police force, there should be web cameras in every polling institution, we have provided ten thousands but their suggestions are that many more should be covered,” he added.

The polls to the 234-member Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly will take place on April 13.

Three other states, Assam, West Bengal and Kerala, besides the union territory of Pondicherry will hold Assembly polls beginning next month. (ANI)

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