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Clean poll a huge challenge: CEC

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NEW DELHI, MARCH 15: Chief Election Commissioner of India Sunil Arora today said “conducting clean elections is now one of the biggest challenges in our democracy given the prevalent abuse of money power, particularly when it manifests in inducement of voters.”
He was addressing a meeting convened by the Election Commission of the multi departmental committee on election intelligence, comprising representatives of the heads of tax boards, law enforcement agencies, central paramilitary forces and financial institutions, to review the measures being taken to check abuse of money power for influencing voters on Friday.
The CEO said the commission has already issued detailed guidelines to monitor election expenditure incurred by candidates and political parties.
“The expenditure monitoring mechanism has got stronger over a period of time and larger seizures have been made by our enforcement teams in successive elections,” Arora said.
Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa said effective implementation of the EC’s instructions required coordination among the various expenditure monitoring teams and the agencies tasked with enforcement. “Sharing of intelligence among the agencies should ensure that there is concerted attack on the problems,” Lavasa said.
(The Hindu)