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‘23-fold Increase In Seizures In 3 Ne States Compared To 2018 Polls’ | Guwahati News

GUWAHATI: The Election Commission’s focus was on inducement-free polls in the three northeastern states — Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya. In the process, the value of the seizures of all voter inducements saw an over 23-fold increase as compared to the elections in 2018, with drugs being the biggest haul.
The commission said the total seizures in the three states amount to Rs 169.64 crore, of which the value of seized drugs alone is more than Rs 92 crore. The other seized inducements include traditional ones such as liquour, precious metals and other freebies.
“For the first time, the Enforcement Directorate had set up a camp office in Kohima. The DRI conducted some big operations in Meghalaya and Nagaland where they seized heroin worth Rs 17.13 crore in East Khasi Hills and Rs 15.91 crore in Nagaland’s Chumukedima district,” the commission stated.
“In Nagaland, a call for the smooth conduct of elections prompted many village councils, organisations and unions to pass resolutions like banning youth camps, proxy voting, distribution of money, liquor, etc. Various civil society groups and village councils in the state also came forward to appeal for inducement-free and ethical elections. Women’s groups in Phek district set up gates to curb supply of liquor during the election period,” the commission stated.
Chief election commissioner Rajiv Kumar complimented and acknowledged the momentous efforts by polling teams who travel through such difficult terrains to ensure that no voter is left behind.
To ensure participative, inclusive and accessible elections, the EC made arrangements to facilitate home voting for 80+ and PwD voters. “There has been an enthusiastic response and much goodwill generated by the citizens due to the above measures and polling parties left no stone unturned and are making arduous treks across difficult terrain to ensure that senior citizens, especially above 80+ and the PwD, are able to avoid queues and vote from the comfort of their homes,” the commission stated.
In Meghalaya, a total of 3,553 applications for home voting were received from 80+ senior citizens and 1,807 applications from PwDs with benchmark disability. In Nagaland, a total of 3,228 applications for home voting were received from 80+ senior citizens and 173 applications from PwDs with benchmark disability.
With the objective to inspire young voters to participate in the festival of democracy, the commission, as a unique initiative, also set up polling stations managed completely by the youngest available polling staff/ officials.

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