Thursday, December 13, 2012

Schedule for assembly polls announced

The much-awaited Gujarat electoral battle will take place in two phases, on December 13 and 17. This will be the first election to the assembly after the fresh delimitation of constituencies. 
Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath on Wednesday said that 37.8 million voters would be eligible to pick a 182-seat house in Gujarat. 
The notification for the first phase will be announced on November 17. While the last date of nomination will be November 24, scrutiny of nominations will take place by November26.Thelastdateforthewithdrawalofnominations will be November 28. 
Thenotificationforthesecondphasewillbe announced on November 23. 
The last date of nomination will be November 30 and scrutiny of nominations will take place by December 1. The last date for the withdrawal of nominations will be December 3. The counting of votes will begin on December 20. 
    The Election Commission finalised the schedule for the assembly polls in Gujarat and HimachalPradeshinameetingchairedbySampath and attended by Election Commissioners H S Brahma, Nasim Zaidi and other officials. The commission has already held consultations with the home ministry for deployment of central security forces during the elections andwithrevenueofficialsforcheckingthemisuse of money power. 
    More than 35,000 personnel from central paramilitary forces and around 55,000 from state police are likely to be deployed for the polls. Fearing use of money power in Gujarat, the Commission is engaged in identifying the number of "expenditure sensitive" constituencies. 
    ElectioninGujarathastobeheldbyJanuary next as the terms of the current assembly ends on January 17. AGENCIES TAKE CARE IF YOU’RE CARRYING RS 2.5 LAKH 
THE ELECTION COMMISSION can swoop down on you if you are carrying Rs 2.5 lakh or above without proofs. A person can invite one-year jail term if he/ she fails to produce four evidences of the huge sum he/she is carrying during the check. But breath easy, the norm is in place only until the assembly polls. 
    “The norm has come into effect is due to the model code of conduct. The person carrying the cash must have PAN card, passbook with the entry of the amount, cashbook and statement. In case of a firm employee or owner, registration certificate of the firm and evidence of source of income have to be produced to the flying squad of the Election Commission (EC). Violation of the norm can invite action,” Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer Anita Karwal said. 
    The squad, headed by nodal officer Vinod Tanwani, will also keep an eye on bank and cash transactions of candidates and parties. While there’s a limit for the candidates’ spending on poll, political parties and star campaigners are free from the rule. “A candidate has to open new bank account for election-related expenditure. The incumbent cannot use other accounts for election-related expenditure,” a source at the CEO office said. AM