GHMC Election Authority Dr. B. Janardhan Reddy on Monday briefed the representatives of various political parties on the Dos & Don’t of GHMC elections which are scheduled to be held on 2nd February.
Dr. Janardharn Reddy said that the contesting candidates’ expenditure has been fixed at Rs. 5 lakhs. He said 28 senior IAS officers and 24 Observers have been appointed to monitor the expenditure by candidates and political parties. Video Surveillance, Accounting, Flying Squads, Media Monitoring and other teams would also be deployed to ensure that expenditure remains within the defined limit.
He advised the candidates to open separate bank account and the details of the same should be furnished in the nomination form. He also clarified that the contesting candidates can use can use the bullet proof vehicles for security reasons for which they have to bear the fuel charges. He also asked political parties to create awareness among the people to increase the polling percentage.
For the ensuing GHMC elections, one Returning and an Assistant RO have been appointed for each of the 150 wards. He said around 12,000 electronic voting machines are being organized. All basic minimum facilities have been provided at the polling stations and for the first time, the GHMC has arranged a website to the voters to locate their polling stations.
The Election Authority said that all elaborate arrangements have been made to curb liquor and as well as flow of money. A separate control room has been established at the GHMC Head office and the citizens can express their grievances to the control room about election related issues on the following telephone numbers 040-23261330, 23222018, 23221978. As on today the GHMC has removed more than 45,000 un- authorized flexes, banners, cutouts etc., said the election authority.
Representatives of various political parties, Addl. Commissioners Surendra Mohan, Shiva Kumar Naidu, Niranjan Shah, Chief Examiner of Accounts have attended the meeting. (INN)