Electoral Reforms In India

[pib] Special Expenditure Observers


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Special Expenditure Observers

Mains level : Ensuring transparency in Electoral processes

  • ECI has recently appointed two Special Expenditure Observers for the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly elections.

Special Expenditure Observers

  • The Special Expenditure Observers are appointed in the exercise of the powers conferred on ECI under Article 324 of the Constitution and the Representation of the People Act, 1951.
  • The SEO would be required to watch the conduct of Elections with special emphasis on controlling the abuse of money power, in consultation with the Chief Electoral Officer.
  • The SEO will be supervising and monitoring the work being done by the electoral machinery and ensure that stringent and effective enforcement action is undertaken.
  • Their actions would be based on intelligence inputs and complaints received through C-VIGIL, Voter Helpline 1950 against all persons/entities trying to induce voters by distributing cash, liquor & freebies etc. in order to vitiate the poll process.
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