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Training on election expenditure monitoring held

Friday, 12 January 2018 12:48
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Dimapur, January 11: In connection with the forthcoming State assembly election, a briefing-cum-training for different cells of the Election Expenditure Monitoring (EEM) was held today in the DC's conference hall, Kohima.

Briefing the gathering, Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer, Kohima Rajesh Soundararajan, IAS stated that EEM is one of the most important aspects once the election has been announced which would be an ongoing process till the conduct of the election. He said that every personnel in various committees of EEM has a great responsibility and further instructed them to be conversant with all the relevant guidelines laid by the Commission. He also requested them to work in coordination wherever they have been assigned and to keep in touch with their concerned Nodal Officers in order to give their best service for the successful conduct of the election.

Assistant Commissioner, Kohima, Shashank Pratap Singh, IAS emphasized on the monitory related issues and the structure and functions of various committees under the EEM. Highlighting on the major legal provisions related to EEM issues, he stated that carrying cash is not illegal under any law and is not anathema to regular business but if it is undisclosed, Income Tax Department can seize, if it is out of illegal foreign exchange, ED can seize, if it is suspected to be for bribery, terror, theft, narcotics etc. authorities can seize it. 

He also elaborated on various topics such as use of money power, legal or illegal election expenses, legal provision, provision of the Indian Panel Code, 1860, election expenditure, modes of transport of cash, meeting with political parties, new expenditure monitoring machinery, Monitoring of Campaign through Media (MCMC), opening of separate bank account of the candidate, Static Surveillance Teams (SST), star campaigners etc.

Mon: As a part of preparation for the forthcoming general elections, Election Expenditure Monitoring Training programme was conducted on January 10 in the DC's conference hall, Mon.

Various teams appointed for the forthcoming general elections who had attended the training programme include Video Surveillance teams, Video Viewing teams, Accountant teams, Assistant Expenditure Observer, Flying Squad teams, Static Check Post teams, Control Room and Call Centre and Media Certification and Monitoring Cell.

Nodal officer for Election Expenditure Monitoring, Reny Wilfred, IAS, SDO(C), Mon HQ, who presided over the training programme, explained in detail the role of various teams with the aid of paper presentation. (Page News Service) 

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