EC cracks down on illegal liquor, cash; 161 FIRs against parties

Over 25,000 litres of illicit liquor worth Rs 38 lakh has been seized by the Delhi Chief Electoral Office ahead of polling on Thursday. Moreover, 161 FIRs have been registered against political parties till Tuesday for violating the model code of conduct.

To check the flow of illicit liquor and black money in the capital, the electoral office has identified 179 susceptible locations. “Nearly 491 nakas have been laid to ensure peaceful polling and stop musclemen, illicit liquor and black money from influencing the outcome. Borders will be sealed 48 hours ahead of polling,” an EC official said.

For the first time, Delhi residents will be able to vote even if they do not have Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC), but have their names in the electoral roll. This provision was not there during the Assembly elections, when voter cards and voter slips were mandatory for casting votes.

“Besides EPIC, as many as 11 other photo identity documents, including passport, driving licence, service identity card issued by Central and state governments, PAN card, Aadhar card, Smart card issued by RGI under NPR, health insurance smart card issued by Ministry of Labour, MNREGA job card, pension document with photograph and authenticated photo voter slip issued by the election commission can be used by voters to establish their identity and cast their votes,” Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Dev said.

“We have completed all preparations for April 10. This time, polling hours have been increased by two hours and it will be done from 7 am to 6 pm,” he said.

Polling will be held in 11,763 stations, of which 327 have been declared critical and 90 hyper-critical. Web-casting facility has been installed at 167 polling stations, which will allow election officials to monitor activities at these booths real time.

Nearly 50,000 security personnel, apart from flying squads of police and video-surveillance teams, will be deployed.

For police and government officials on election duty, the Election Commission has made special arrangements of postal ballots and Election Duty Certificates (EDC), so that they can cast their votes in any polling station in their parliamentary constituencies. The provision of EDC was not there earlier.

The Election Commission has also prohibited exit polls between April 7 and May 12.

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