EC asks authorities to make sure free, honest elections in Bihar – Hindustan Instances

The Election Fee (EC) has requested the authorities in poll-bound Bihar for expediting the search-and-seizure operations to make sure free-and-fair Meeting polls within the state, an official mentioned.

The instructions had been issued by the ballot panel on Friday throughout a gathering with the observers of the 78 Meeting constituencies going to polls within the first spherical of the three-phased Bihar polls on October 28, Extra Chief Electoral Officer (ACEO) Sanjay Kumar Singh mentioned at a press briefing right here.

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora and two different election commissioners, Sushil Chandra and Rajiv Kumar, held the assembly on-line.

The EC reviewed the general ballot preparations, be it the difficulty of coaching or offering amenities to the aged folks, Singh mentioned.

Throughout the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, numerous companies had seized money and banned gadgets valued at Rs 35.27 crore in Bihar.

The quantity is anticipated to rise additional in the course of the Meeting polls, officers had mentioned.

In the meantime, Friday was the final date for withdrawal of nominations for the third section of elections on 78 seats on November 7, Singh mentioned.

Speaking about Thursday’s seizure of Rs eight.5 lakh in money from a automobile close to the state Congress headquarters, Sadaquat Ashram, the official mentioned it was “not a raid by the Revenue Tax division”, quite the ballot panel’s expenditure observers had obtained a tip-off that money was being taken out from a automobile close to Sadaquat Ashram.

Appearing on the tip-off, a flying squad intercepted and searched the automobile and seized Rs eight.5 lakh in money, Singh mentioned, including that Rs two lakh had been seized from an individual sitting within the automobile whereas the remaining quantity was saved hidden in it.

The Revenue Tax division’s investigation wing has been knowledgeable concerning the seizure, which is able to take additional motion on this regard, Singh mentioned.

Reacting to the seizure from the automobile, Congress’s Bihar in-charge Shakti Sinh Gohil mentioned, “There was no raid on the Congress headquarters in Patna.” Any person was caught outdoors on the street resulting in the Congress workplace with Rs two lakh in money, he mentioned, including that there have been three different individuals, every carrying Rs two lakh in money.

“We now have nothing to cover,” the Congress chief mentioned.

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