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Assembly Polls: Cash, drugs worth nearly Rs 100 crore seized in Manipur

Sushil Chandra said the Commission has directed all the District Election Officers and other law enforcing agencies to continue to monitor expenditure sensitive constituencies and ensure comprehensive and coordinated actions. 

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Imphal: District officers and enforcement agencies have seized cash, drugs, liquor and other inducements worth nearly Rs 100 crore so far, a top Election Commission official said here Tuesday.

Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra,  speaking to media persons, said seizures worth Rs 97.6 crore have been made in the state including Rs 1.48 crore of cash, liquor worth Rs 40 lakhs, narcotics worth Rs 81.5 crore, freebies and gold worth Rs 14.2 crore since the announcement of election. 

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Sushil Chandra said the Commission has directed all the District Election Officers and other law enforcing agencies to continue to monitor expenditure sensitive constituencies and ensure comprehensive and coordinated actions. 

Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra reiterated that the Election Commission is committed to conduct the forthcoming elections in a free, fair, accessible, inclusive and inducement free manner. 

He further informed that any candidate whether an Independent or sponsored by a political party must publish detailed information including their criminal antecedents. 

It is also mandatory for political parties to publicize in the newspaper, social media and upload on their website detailed information regarding individuals with pending criminal cases selected as candidates, along with reason for such selection, as also why other individuals without criminal antecedents could not be selected as candidates, he added.

The CEC continued that for informed and ethical voting, the Commission had launched ‘Know Your Candidate’ mobile App which will have all details of the candidates including their criminal antecedents, if any. He added that voters should use the App and access all details regarding the candidates contesting in their constituencies. 

It may be mentioned that the Election Commission team led by the Chief Election Commissioner was on a two-day visit to the State to review the status of poll preparedness for the forthcoming 12th General Election to Manipur Legislative Assembly, 2022. 

The Election Commission team met representatives of National and State Recognised Political Parties and interacted with Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, Director General, Assam Rifles and other top Officials of the State during their visit. The team also met the delegates of All Manipur Christian Organisation (AMCO) Monday.

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