To keep a tab on cash movement and other inducements in Jaipur during the Assembly polls, district electoral officer and collector T Ravikanth declared nine out of 19 constituencies as expenditure sensitive. The sensitive constituency ratio is almost 50 per cent and they are situated in urban areas from where the high profile candidates generally contest.
Ravikanth said that Election Commission has issued detailed guidelines for controlling expenditures in the polls. To keep an eye on the expenditures an expenditure observer of the income tax department officer rank is likely to be appointed. The observer will be assisted by the assistant expenditure observes.
Though, an additional observer will be deputed in nine constituencies said to be expenditure sensitive which include Jhotwara, Hawa Mahal, Civil Lines, Kishanpol, Adarsh Nagar, Malviya Nagar, Sanaganer, Vidhyadhar Nagar and Dudu. Currently, six MLAs from BJP and three MLAs from Congress including education minister Brij Kishiore Sharma (Hawa Mahal) from these areas.
“We have declared these constituencies as expenditure sensitive on the direction of the Election Commission. High profile candidates contest from these constituencies and the victory margin too has remained quite close in the past from here. So, special monitoring will be done for these seats,” said Ravikanth.
He also informed that five types of monitoring groups have been decided to be formed to keep proper vigilance on expenditures in all the constituencies. Each constituency will have 3-4 flying squads along with videographer. Besides minimum three static surveillance teams in each constituency will be formed to check vehicles transporting illegal arms, cash and liquor.
Two teams namely video surveillance teams and video viewing team are scheduled to be formed to record each event during the polls and expenditure activity of the contestants respectively. Also, account officer committee will continue to record the expenditure of the contestant manually meanwhile media monitoring cell will observe the ads and news, said Ravikanth.