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Poll observers to keep tab on expenses, model code

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Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Mar 25:

In order to ensure free and fair elections in Odisha, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has appointed 111 poll observers, who will keep a tab on expenditure of money and model code violation by political parties and candidates during the electioneering process.

Out of 111 observers, 64 are general observers and the remaining are expenditure observers.

While 31 observers will be engaged for the first phase polls on April 10, 33 will keep vigil on the second phase polls on April 17, sources in the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) said here.

The observers belonging to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) cadre, will be in charge of Lok Sabha constituencies.

Three observers would be in charge of each Lok Sabha seat and the seven assembly constituencies that come under it.

Apart from keeping a close watch on the public meetings, rallies and publicity in various media, they would also hear the grievances of the people.

Besides, 42 expenditure observers belonging to Indian Revenue Service and India Accounts and Audit Service have already reached the state to assess the election expenditures by parties and candidates.

Apart from this, five awareness observers have also been appointed to keep a watch on paid news in different media.