As countdown begins for voting, EC intensifies vigil in Delhi

With less than 48 hours left for the city to vote, Delhi's Election Commission has intensified vigil in areas which are vulnerable to misuse of money, liquor and musclemen such as slum clusters and unauthorised colonies, besides the border with UP and Haryana.

Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Dev today said not only candidates or political parties attempting to bribe voters will face action but for the first time any person accepting such illegal gratification will also be booked under IPC.

"The last 72 hours are crucial and thus we have sealed and laid traps in all the clusters of jhuggis, unauthorised colonies and all such areas which are liable for misuse of money, liquor and musclemen," he said detailing the last minute action plan that his team has chalked out.

He said those sections of the society which are poor and are in need of money can be easily influenced by political parties. "So we have ensured that good traps are laid down by our teams in all such areas, as there could be attempts to bribe the electors."

For the first time, he said, in such cases, action will be taken not only against the candidates or political parties

under the model code of conduct and criminal sections, even

individuals accepting cash or liquor or taking any kinds of

bribe will be also booked under 171 (H) of the IPC as in a way

he is also participating in the malpractice.

"We want to make every citizen realise that their vote is not for sale," he said.

The Chief Electoral Office would also be strengthening the border vigil especially in North-East and South-West districts.

"We are going to ensure that in cooperation with states of UP and Haryana a tight vigil is maintained to ensure that there is no movement of liquor, cash and musclemen which have the potential of vitiating the polls," he said.

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