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Flying Squads Seize Over Rs 37.41 Lakh Ahead Of LS Polls In Jorhat

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HT Correspondent

JORHAT, March 23: In a proactive move to ensure fair and transparent elections, flying squads and static surveillance teams have seized over Rs 37.41 lakh in cash across four Assembly constituencies in Jorhat district over the past four days, said an official.

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A district administration official informed that these teams were specially constituted following the announcement of Lok Sabha election dates to curb instances of voter intimidation, influence peddling, and bribery through the distribution of cash, liquor, and other items.

The highest amount seized, totaling Rs 27,78,310, was reported in the Titabar civil subdivision on March 21, highlighting the widespread nature of the issue.

In response to these seizures, the administration has formed a high-level team to investigate the matter thoroughly and take necessary legal action where required. Additionally, the ongoing drive has also resulted in the confiscation of 60 litres of illicit liquor, further underscoring the authorities’ commitment to maintaining election integrity.

Meanwhile, preparations for the upcoming elections are in full swing, with the recent commencement of the first phase of training for 70 micro poll observers for the Jorhat election district. Conducted at the conference hall of the DC’s office, the training sessions were led by the district development commissioner and two assistant commissioners.

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During the training, micro observers were briefed on various aspects crucial to ensuring a smooth electoral process, including the assessment of essential facilities such as toilets, drinking water provisions, and accommodations for persons with disabilities, and electricity connections at polling stations.

They were also instructed to uphold the secrecy of votes cast and ensure that voting proceeded in a free and fair manner.

Furthermore, the training encompassed practical sessions on the operation of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), equipping the micro observers with the necessary skills and knowledge to fulfill their duties effectively on election day.

As the electoral machinery gears up for the impending polls, these proactive measures aim to safeguard the democratic rights of citizens and uphold the sanctity of the electoral process in Jorhat district.

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