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Meeting on election readiness

Tura, March 17: The Election Commission’s expenditure observer, Gautam Deb, today held a meeting with officials and election teams from the five Garo hills districts here.

At the meeting, Deb reminded that all travel expenses of star campaigners, posters and handbills printed by candidates, transportation expenses, unusual bank transactions, unusual cash transfers have to be accounted for.

He directed all the districts to set up election control rooms that would function 24X7 and get the phone numbers of these control rooms published in local newspapers immediately.

He also asked the excise department to keep an account of the inflow and outflow of liquor in the state and set up excise checkpoints.

The election observer also said all assistant expenditure officers should be intensively trained because they are the “eyes and ears of the Election Commission”. Deb also did a district-wise review of various election teams, such as the flying squads, media certification and monitoring committee, static surveillance teams, video surveillance teams and video viewing teams.

West Garo Hills deputy commissioner and district election officer Pravin Bakshi said the meeting was important for election preparedness. The accounts for all the contesting candidates would be compiled in Tura itself, he said.

This being a parliamentary election, the workload is relatively less, Bakshi added.

At the meeting it was decided that training sessions would be arranged for all assistant expenditure observers, accounting teams, video surveillance teams and election agents on March 21.


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