Dimapur: With the model code of conduct (MCC) in force, Nagaland’s chief electoral officer Abhijit Sinha has asked political parties to seek proper permissions in writing from the district administration for use of public places for meeting and rally, and maintain a proper record of all the expenses properly.
Sinha has called a meeting with representatives of all political parties in the State in the conference hall of the deputy commissioner, Kohima, on 23 January with regard to the expenditure monitoring measures in view of the upcoming general elections to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly this year.
It will be the second meeting, as the CEO had held a meeting with all political parties of Nagaland on Friday at Hotel Japfu to discuss and inform the stakeholders about the model code of conduct and other election-related matters.
The CEO informed the representatives that the MCC comes into force with immediate effect after the declaration of election and added that the Commission has made elaborate arrangements for ensuring implementation of the MCC.
He informed the gathering to keep in touch with Election Commission (EC) officials so that all political parties can be kept aware of changes in the election rules. He called upon all the candidates and their supporters to not create any obstruction but cooperate with election officials to ensure a peaceful conduct of the forthcoming elections.
Sinha asked the representatives of different political parties to limit their expenses to Rs 20 lakh for election-related matters as per the EC guidelines. He said that a number of check posts have already been set up where CCTV and other fixed camera are fitted in order to track down any illegal activities. CEO also pointed out any person carrying cash of more than Rs 50,000 should have proper documentation for which purpose he/he intends to spend, moreover, any person carrying Rs 10 lakh or more should be brought to the notice of the income tax department.
As per the directions of the EC, there will be three types of election observers now, namely a general observer, a police observer and an expenditure observer and there will also be flying squads in all the districts to track illegal activities.
All updated documentation related to the election and MCC for the guidance of political parties and candidates were distributed on the occasion. The CEO requested the political party representatives to go through them.
Government press release