ECI's flying squads to monitor Tripura, Meghalaya, Nagaland polls

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 17, 2013 12:40 hrs

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has formed flying squads that will monitor and check illegal arms, distribution of money and other unlawful activities during the assembly polls in Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura, which will be held next month, officials said.

In Agartala, an official of ECI said on Thursday that the flying squads will monitor and check illegal arms, unlawful activities, distribution of money in each district and assembly constituency.

"In each assembly constituency, the district magistrates will head the flying squad to check illegal arms, distribution of money, liquor and other unlawful activities," the official said.

"Police and micro observers will be appointed by ECI in each district and assembly constituency to monitor the limit of expenditure of candidates, violating model code of conduct of Election Commission," an ECI official said.

The observers´ names, addresses and telephone numbers will be published in local newspapers, where people can submit any grievance.

The ECI has already directed all district magistrates of the three poll-bound states that all firearm owners should deposit their weapons by Jan 31.

The assembly poll in Tripura will be held on Feb 14, while in Meghalaya and Nagaland, elections will take place on Feb 23.

The votes will be counted in the three states on Feb 28.

(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)

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