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EC writes to Revenue Dept on use of 'illicit money' for electoral purposes

ANI | Updated: Apr 09, 2019 02:40 IST

New Delhi [India], Apr 8 (ANI): The Election Commission has written to the Department of Revenue (Ministry of Finance) regarding the use of illicit money for electoral purposes, less than a week ahead of the commencement of seven-phase in the country.
"Use of money power with the intention of influencing voter behavior has over the years emerged as one of the biggest challenges for the conduct of free, fair, ethical and credible elections, in the process undermining the very fabric of our democracy," read the letter issued by the EC on Sunday.
"It is understood that all enforcement agencies working under the administrative control of the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance must be undertaking enforcement actions based on a variety of inputs and actionable intelligence, as per extant laws," it added.
The poll body recommended that all enforcement actions during the election period, "even when conducted ruthlessly with a view to curb this blatant electoral malpractice," should be "absolutely neutral, impartial and non-discriminatory."
"In case of suspected use of such illicit money for electoral purposes, the CEO should be kept suitably informed during the MCC period," the EC asserted.
Polling will be held from April 11 to May 19, and counting of votes will take place on May 23. (ANI)