EC keeps eagle eye, warns parties, voters

Poll Security29 foreign delegates to be external observers, vigil intensified in vulnerable & bordering areas. (IE Photo: Ravi Kanojia)

With less than 48 hours left for polling to begin for the Delhi Legislative Assembly, the Chief Electoral Office of Delhi has intensified its vigil in areas vulnerable to misuse of money, liquor and musclemen. Slum clusters and unauthorised colonies, besides areas bordering with UP and Haryana, have been put under strict surveillance.

"The last 72 hours are crucial and we have sealed and laid traps in all JJ clusters, unauthorised colonies and all such areas where there could be possible misuse of money, liquor and musclemen," Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Dev said.

The Chief Electoral Office will also be strengthening vigil on the borders, especially in Northeast and Southwest districts.

"We have the cooperation of UP and Haryana, who will ensure that a tight vigil is maintained in their states and there is no movement of liquor, cash and musclemen, which may vitiate the polls," Dev said.

To witness the "democratic voting process in Delhi" under the South-South Cooperation, 29 foreign delegates will be external observers to the voting process, including eight representatives of the United Nations Development Programme, and 21 delegates from countries such as Zambia, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Nigeria.

Sources said on the day of polling, all vehicles entering Delhi will be checked and "it is advisable that people carry their identity cards to avoid any trouble".

In the run-up to the Assembly elections and through the implementation of the model code of conduct, the Delhi EC has registered 15 FIRs against candidates for misusing their official vehicles, and nine FIRs have been registered against political candidates for delivering "violative" poll speeches.

Of the 70,000 staff on poll duty, including civil workforce and police who are eligible voters, 41,095 have already cast their vote through the postal ballot.

"Others can still send in their ballot by post till December 8," Dev said.

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