The Election Commission of India (ECI) has seized a total of Rs. 97.31 crore in Assam till March 27.

This is much higher than the amount seized in the 2016 Assam Assembly election.

The seizure figure includes seizure of cash, liquor, narcotics and freebies, the Election Commission of India (ECI) said.

“The Commission has been laying specific emphasis on inducement free elections and curbing the malaise of undue money power, liquor and freebies,” the ECI said in a statement.

The Election Commission in the statement said during the 2016 Legislative Assembly election in Assam, it had seized a total of Rs. 16.58 crore.

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The EC has deployed a total of 53 Expenditure Observers for Assam Assembly Elections 2021 for effective monitoring.

“In Assam, 603 Flying Squads (FS) and 762 Static Surveillance Teams (SST) were operationalised to check movement of cash, liquor, drugs & freebies,” the Election Commission said.

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In Assam, 6 Air Intelligence Units (AIU) of IT department have been set up at Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Silchar, Tezpur and Lakhimpur, it said.

Election Commission of India’s Cvigil App is a citizen-centric mobile application which empowers people to report cases of MCC violations in real time basis, with auto populated details of location, etc and responded within 100 minutes after verification at field level.

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“Today a total number of 167 cases of Model Code of Conduct violations were reported through the cVIGIL app from West Bengal out of which 111 were disposed as of 4.30 pm,” the Election Commission said.

“Similarly, 582 cases were reported from Assam with 423 disposed till 4.30 pm,” it added.

On Saturday, Assam recorded 72.14% voter turnout till 5 pm in the first phase of the Assam Assembly election 2021, the ECI said.

The counting of votes for the three-phased Assam Assembly election will be held on May 2, 2021.

“The poll percentage reported from the 47 ACs of phase 1 in Assam is 72.14% as of 5 pm,” it stated.

Voting was held in 47 Assembly Constituencies of Assam with a total of 81 lakh electorates registered across 11,537 Polling Stations.

The number of Polling Stations has increased in view of the fact that the number of voters per polling station has been reduced from 1500 to 1000 keeping social distancing norms in view.

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