Bihar Elections- Strict regulations over 'bribery' to affect polls?

NewsBharati    21-Oct-2020
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Patna, October 21: With a view to effectively curb black money in General Election to Legislative Assembly of Bihar this year, the Election Commission of India on Wednesday deployed 67 expenditure observers in the state. Commission has also appointed Madhu Mahajan, ex-IRS (IT):1982 and B. R Balakrishnan, ex-IRS (IT):1983 as Special Expenditure Observers for elections.

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The duo officers, Madhu Mahajan and B. R Balakrishnan have formidable domain expertise and impeccable track record, the statement in relation read. After due assessment, 91 Assembly Constituencies have been marked as Expenditure Sensitive Constituencies for more focussed monitoring. 881 Flying Squads and 948 Static Surveillance Teams have been formed for Election Expenditure Monitoring work for the Assembly elections of Bihar, it added.
Distributing cash and gifts, distribution of money, liquor, or any other item given to the electors with the intent to influence them during electoral process is not permitted under the law. This expenditure comes under the definition of 'bribery' which is an offence both under 171B of IPC and under R.P. Act, 1951.

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Voting for Bihar assembly elections will be held in three phases on October 28, November 3 and November 7 in one of the biggest elections globally during the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by counting of votes on November 10. There are about 18.87 lakh migrants across 38 districts of Bihar, out of which 16.6 lakh are eligible to vote. While 13.93 lakh already had their names on the electoral rolls, 2.3 lakh more have been registered and the the process is still on.