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Election machinery revs up 1.6 lakh new voters

The two-day special voter registration campaign on Sunday and Monday has thrown up 1,63,528 new names for inclusion on the electoral rolls in Jharkhand.

After verification, which will take some 10 days, the number of Jharkhand voters will go up from over 1.99 crore to over 2.1 crore.

Chief electoral officer (Jharkhand) P.K. Jajoria unveiled the new data while addressing mediapersons at his Dhurwa office in Ranchi on Thursday.

On becoming poll-ready, he said: “We are holding video-con sessions with DCs and SPs across all 24 districts. Today, we directed DCs to identify sensitive and highly-sensitive booths and send us the list at the earliest.”

On why this was critical, he said: “Deployment of security personnel will be done accordingly.”

The ECI also sent directives on how to identify critical booths, where more than 90 per cent voting was registered in the last election and where a single candidate got over 75 per cent votes. These would come under special observation.

Jajoria said the commission received 93 cases regarding violation of model code of conduct. “Out of 93, FIR has been lodged for 21 cases from 10 districts,” he said.

On specific instances, he said his office got information on a print order of posters and hoardings worth Rs 5.5 crore given by the BJP to one Apex Media.

“We told this to the ECI. Going by norms, a party has no spending cap for the elections but a candidate can spend only up to Rs 70 lakh for his or her campaign. However, the party has to show the source of funds and details of expenditure,” Jajoria said.

Income tax department has also set up control rooms to keep vigil on poll cost. Its toll-free number 18003456547, landline number 0651-2332408 and fax number 0651-2332406,” Jagoria added.