SHILLONG | Feb 01, 2019:
With Khasi and Jaintia Hills set to go to ADC poll on February 27, the state government has laid down all the required provisions to ensure the smooth conduct of the elections to the two district councils — KHADC and JHADC.
Commissioner and Secretary incharge of District Council Affairs, Government of Meghalaya, Tining Dkhar on Friday informed that the projected expenditure for the conduct of the elections in the two ADCs — KHADC and JHADC is Rs 10.78 crore.
Speaking to media persons here today, Dkhar said that the final figure would be known after the elections since there are various other expenditures which have to be incurred.
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“The State Government would initially bear the funds for the conduct of elections and it will later be adjusted with the shares on royalties of the district councils,” said Dkhar.
ON THE USE OF MONEY POWER
To check on the use of money power, the senior government official said that Deputy Commissioners need to make a strict enforcement of the model code of conduct.
“The DCs would require to take immediate action on any inputs of information on the use of money in any of the constituency,” he said.
When asked whether flying squads will be pushed into action, Dkhar said that the Election Commission used to depute election observers but there are no such provisions for this election.
MODEL CODE OF CONDUCT
When asked on the preparation of the elections to the two ADCs, he said that the DCs and the returning officers have been directed to start the electoral process. The model code will come into force from tomorrow. There will no release of MP or MLA scheme. No work order will be issued by the two district councils except for the on-going work. The inauguration and laying of foundation stones will be put on hold till the election is over.
The KHADC or JHADC cannot announced any new scheme. The authorities in the district council shall not grant any payment out of the discretionary grant. Ministers also should not announce financial grant during this period. Candidates are barred from carrying cash in excess of Rs 50,000. “We have made some exception on issue of tender works on the construction of Central and State sponsored programmes,” he said.
EXPENDITURE OF CANDIDATES
Dkhar informed that an amendment on the election expenses of the candidates was brought forward and was subsequently approved by the Government today. From the existing Rs 2.5 lakh, they have increased the election expenses of the candidates to Rs 5 lakh. The security deposits has been increased from Rs 2,500 to Rs 50,000.
NOTA WILL BE USE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ADCS ELECTIONS IN THE STATE
One special feature of this election is the introduction of NOTA as being done by the election commission. “This is the first time that we have introduced NOTA in the ADCs elections in the State. In all the EVMs we will insert the button of NOTA. The District Councils have got their own EVMs. We already have 1925 EVMs and now we are going to purchase another 820 EVMs. We have earmarked a total number of 2745 EVMs for the upcoming elections,” informed Dkhar.
BREAK UP OF THE NUMBER OF POLLING STATIONS
In the KHADC, the total number of polling stations has been increased by 285. From the 1148 polling stations in the last elections, the number of polling stations has now increased to 1433. In the JHADC, a total number of 64 polling stations has also increased. From 334 polling stations in the last elections, the number of polling stations in the JHADC have now increase to 408 polling stations.
BREAK UP OF THE ELECTORATES
In KHADC, the total number of electorates is 7,95,143 with 3,83,633 male voters, 4,11, 468 female voters and 43 service voters. In the JHADC, the total number of electorates is 2,49,334 with 1,20,675 male voters, 1,28,592 female voters and 67 service voters.