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Additional chief electoral officer (CEO) of Manipur, N Praveen Singh, on January 27 stated that carrying any unexplained cash above Rs 50,000 will be subjected to seizure and the same can be released only after being proven that it has nothing to do with the elections.

The additional CEO addressed the media in Imphal on January 27 and highlighted the measures taken to ensure free and fair elections in Manipur.

He briefed on the instruction of Election Commission of India, for information of the general public regarding carrying/transportation/storing in any premise of cash, and other valued items during the ongoing general assembly election to 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly.

The official further explained that any cash exceeding Rs 50,000 found in a vehicle carrying a candidate, his agent or party workers or carrying posters or election materials or any drugs, liquor, arms or gift items which are valued at more than Rs 10,000 and likely to be used for inducement of electors or any other illicit articles are found in a vehicle, shall be subject to seizure by static surveillance teams (SST) or enforcement agencies.

A star campaigner is allowed to carry cash up to Rs 1 lakh, exclusively for his/her personal use. A party functionary may carry cash provided certificate from the treasurer of the party mentioning the amount and its end use is produced when sought for and SST/enforcement agencies shall retain a copy of the certificate, he added.

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With the start of the announcement of their respective candidate by political parties, addl. CEO, Manipur, while quoting relevant directives of the Supreme Court and Election Commission, pointed out requirement for publication of information regarding candidate(s) with pending criminal cases along with reasons for such selections over other intending candidates.

He further stated that adequate numbers of teams are in place for facilitating postal ballots by electors who are above 80 years of age, PwDs, COVID positive and COVID suspects and those in essential services.

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