By| Saleem| 17 Sep 2018| SRINAGAR| CNS
Chief Electoral Officer Jammu & Kashmir Shaleen Kabra held a crucial meeting/briefing with General and Expenditure Observers and instructed them to ensure that the elections are held in a free and a fair manner.
Addressing the team of over 200 officers drawn from across the state at the Banquet Hall Srinagar, he briefed them about their role and responsibility under the guidelines and provisions of the Municipal Corporation & Council/ Committee Act an rules
Consequent upon the announcement of municipal elections through press note issued by CEO J&K for Municipal Elections 2018 on 15th September, 2018. General Observers and Expenditure observers are being deployed by the election authority in each municipal body.
They are expected to keep a close watch on the election process and act as eyes and ears for the election authority to ensure the smooth conduct of elections. They were given the Observer’s Kit containing all relevant material pertaining to the conduct of Municipal Elections.
The CEO J&K laid stress on the enforcement of Model Code of Conduct, which has come in to effect in the entire state with announcement of Municipal as well as Panchayat Polls. He further asked them to strictly monitor the election guidelines regarding the campaign environment, mechanism for complaints, preparation for elections, voting, counting etc.
The observers were further intimated regarding the use of EVMs in Municipal Elections 2018 and for that necessary actions including first level checking and sufficient availability was ensured. The special provisions of postal ballot facility for Migrant voters was also discussed at length.
The officers were asked to monitor law and order, assess the sensitivity of constituencies/Committees, be watchful about electoral malpractices, electoral offences, surrogate expenditure and intimate the election authority promptly in case of any violations of guidelines and rules.
Regarding the implementation of Model Code of Conduct Mr. Kabra instructed the observers to get themselves fully acquainted with the frequently asked questions , besides go through the guidelines of MCC and implement it in letter and spirit for the interest of free and fair elections.
The expenditure observers were further impressed upon to ensure that the expenditures incurred by the contesting candidates should be adhered within the ceiling fixed by the election authority vide Notification issued on 29th August, 2018 i.e 1.5 lakhs, 1 lakh & 0.5 lakhs for a ward of Corporation, Council and committee respectively.