CEO seeks details of SVEEP activities

Bhopal: The Chief Electoral Officer has sought details of the SVEEP activities being carried out in the districts to increase voting percentage. He instructed to give a comprehensive format to the SVEEP activities to motivate the voters to come to the polling booth and cast their vote in the heat of summer. Shri Rajan stressed on making arrangements for shade, cold water in polling stations and, if possible, parking of vehicles near the polling station. He directed to build more and more model booths in urban areas and organize SVEEP activities with the participation of various social and business organizations to encourage voters to exercise their franchise. He laid emphasis on running special campaigns to create voter awareness in such areas where turnout was lower than average in previous elections. Shri Rajan also gave instructions for wide publicity of alternative identity cards prescribed for identification of voters for voting. He also discussed the preparation of voter-slip and ASD list to be given to voters.

Chief Electoral Officer Shri Rajan directed to call regular meetings of political parties and candidates and inform them about the guidelines of the Election Commission to ensure transparency in the election process. He said that videography of every election related activity should also be done. The activities of the parties formed to monitor the election expenditure of the candidates were also discussed in the meeting.

Cash, illicit liquor, drugs seized

Chief Electoral Officer Shri Anupam Rajan has said that ever since the Model Code of Conduct for Lok Sabha Elections-2024 came into effect, continuous action is being taken by the police and other enforcement agencies. He said that from March 16 to April 10, various materials worth Rs 103 crore 33 lakh 19 thousand 639 including cash amount of Rs 13 crore 77 lakh 63 thousand 629 have been seized. This also includes 15 lakh 74 thousand 970 liters of liquor valued at Rs 24 crore 64 lakh 13 thousand 47.

Similarly, more than 14 thousand 780 kg of drugs worth Rs 19 crore 41 lakh 46 thousand 215 and more than 437 kg of precious metals worth Rs 9 crore 40 lakh 40 thousand 623 have also been seized. Besides, other material (readymade garments etc.) worth Rs 36 crore 9 lakh 56 thousand 125 have also been seized.

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