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DL Manahar, Uttar Pradesh, Shourie’s charge cannot be taken seriously. It appeared that he was not keeping well. after the meeting,the road ahead is not so clear.I mean why this holy cow approach? time is not far when Disha will become every photographer’s muse. This crop has an advantage in that it is better travelled because of the amount of limited overs cricket there is. People have been violating it without worrying about the consequences. The code of conduct is just a model sort of an agreement We have around 1600 political parties The EC is the custodian of this agreement and we work on the behalf of political parties to discipline them In case there is some gentleman who uses a wrong expression we inform him that it is inappropriate Almost 5000-plus candidates are contesting from 549 parliamentary constituencies and they end up saying something against each other If somebody uses abusive language he should know that people are watching RAGHVENDRA RAO: How is Amit Shah’s case different from Azam Khan’s After we issued a notice to Amit Shah within 24 hours he sent an apology He gave his arguments but at the same time said that he apologises sincerely and would never repeat such a thing in the elections Azam Khan submitted his reply recently He has also come down a lot from his earlier stand RAGHVENDRA RAO: Is an apology enough The EC is like a referee More than the EC it is the political parties which should take the responsibility for their candidates Who selects the candidate Who campaigns for the candidate The political party If the political party has a strong leadership then the quality of discipline is better The disciplining of a candidate is the responsibility of the chairman of his party The EC can only implement the model code of conduct The role of the political party is paramount D K SINGH: Regarding the legal limitations of the model code of conduct do you feel it needs to change I can gather both strong opposition and strong support for this We conduct elections in less than 60 days — from the day of announcement to the day of results You convert rules of the Act into statuary provisions; for every small thing there will be a case in the court How do you resolve the issue I don’t know what kind of solution we can have for this D K SINGH: What is your opinion on this We have an open mind We have not formed our ideas on what should be the structure or status of code of conduct should we make it into a statute or not I think there needs to be a debate on this; it should be studied in detail Look at the sheer number and size of the country How many violations were there The more the civil society questions the behaviour of leaders the day will not be far when we can manage candidates in public life Y P RAJESH: Are expenditure limits and affidavits that candidates declare while filing their nominations some sort of a gentleman’s agreement Is there no way to crack down on candidates who spend much more than the limit Regarding the expenditure limit I do agree Political parties say they have more than a crore of rupees We had a meeting with political parties and one party mentioned Rs 1 crore-plus There is a rise in income rise in expenditure inflation The limit of Rs 10 lakh which we gave earlier is now Rs 70 lakh This is sufficient India is a cash economy everything is paid in cash There is no bar on carrying money I can carry Rs 100 crore in my car but no one will question me as long as I can give details pertaining to the source of income Nowhere in the world this kind of thing is there In India if you give me cash I am happy That’s why there is a problem SHYAMLAL YADAV: Recently the EC told us in an RTI reply that no action has been taken against candidates who have given false declarations and the Income-Tax department is also not taking your advice seriously What is the use of declaring assets then About the assets you must have seen the Supreme Court’s March 2014 judgment The affidavit you give has to be true If the affidavit is found wrong or you have done something illegal it can be a case in the tribunal punishable with a jail term There is definitely some teeth now; it is deterring people from giving wrong affidavits Maneesh chhibber: There was a controversy about Narendra Modi not declaring his wife during previous elections This elections he has made it public that he is married Did you receive any complaint about this misrepresentation and is there anything that the EC can do or could have done had it received such a complaint The 2009 elections were different from this one Now the SC has said that you cannot leave anything vacant You have to give every detail D K SINGH: Why do you need the wife’s name Why not remove that column The world over you write your spouse’s name I think it is fair VIJAITA SINGH: There was a representation from the IPS officers’ association seeking that online voting be allowed for Central police forces on election duty and they had asked the EC if it could be done as a pilot project during the Assembly elections Is there a proposal for online voting Right now it is not there but the world is changing I am sure there will be a tremendous change in the way we conduct elections the way we vote I am a strong supporter of using technology There is a need for changes in rules In India earlier there was the ballot box We changed it to EVMs Now to change from EVMs to Internet you have to delete EVMs from the Act In the next 15-20 years by the time we retire you may be polling sitting at home library or restaurant The world is changing so fast in terms of communication and technology and these things will soon come RUHI TIWARI: EVMs have faced controversy with the BJP claiming that the machines are not tamper-proof One of the biggest problems with the EVMs is that we are not physically able to see where the vote is going If I talk as a common man I feel empowered to put a paper in a machine which exactly tells me if I have pressed a button and whether the vote has gone to a figure Once we introduced VVPAT (voter-verified paper audit trail) wherein you can press a button and see the printout 999 per cent of the problems will disappear We hope to do this in the next parliamentary elections ALEESHA MATHARU: Are you investigating the claims of booth capturing and rigging in Mewat and Rewari Will action be taken on Yogendra Yadav’s claims There have been complaints Three people can say if these are genuine — our observers in every booth our booth level officers (BLOs) in police stations and agents of political parties SANDEEP SINGH: While going through the affidavits of candidates we found that 10 of them did not have bank accounts When we called these people — they are from prominent parties — they said that they had bank accounts but did not disclose it because they are part of moveable assets If they have wrongfully deliberately hidden something the other candidates should file a case KAUNAIN SHERIfF*: In case of names missing from electoral lists what is the way forward to bridge the gap I accept that it’s a problem We have employed BLOs who are normally permanent government employees either retired government servants or existing PSU officials If voters’ names are missing it means that supervision was slack A booth will not have more than 1200-1400 voters In a city like Delhi 1200 voters can be found in two or three buildings If BLOs are not able to survey two-three buildings I don’t know what they are doing ROHIT alok*: What do you see as the EC’s victory in these elections Victory is away — May 16 May 7 is crucial as polling is happening in a lot of Left-wing extremism-hit areas ROHIT Alok*: Is there a decision you wish to reverse No So far we have done a fairly good job MANEESH CHHIBBER: During the last Assembly polls in Punjab heroin was used to lure voters And this election there have been unusually large seizures of drugs and cash Is this a losing battle We have seized Rs 265 crore almost 60 per cent of it in Andhra Pradesh Free distribution of money and other things has been arrested to a large extent I don’t say that we have controlled it 100 per cent That will happen only when every Indian citizen becomes part of our team There is a new system wherein anyone can give us information from Android or smartphones This has been implemented since April 21 There needs to be much more alertness more publicity and campaigning I don’t think this menace can be controlled 100 per cent but if we can control 70-80 per cent we’ll be better off D K SINGH: What do you do with the cash that is seized It goes to government reserves if nobody is claiming it The expenditure of Government of India per parliamentary seat is about Rs 10 crore which takes care of deployment training transfer posting etc The freebies recovered were worth Rs 250 crore but we can’t sell it because it is contraband We recovered Rs 270 crore in cash Our aim is to recover at least Rs 300 crore DILIP BOBB: One lesson you have learnt from 2014 that would help in 2019 One major lesson I have learnt is that one needs to be more alert And the EC has to be upgraded technology-wise response-wise MANEESH CHHIBBER: Do you think this election has been the dirtiest in terms of language being used Yes This kind of language must not be used All over the world people like Indians for our tolerance Why should we use such words Our neighbours are watching us I had a Japanese delegation yesterday and they said that they watch our news So it is not just 100 crore Indians the entire world is watching these leaders We call ourselves the largest democracy in the world; we should also have the moral responsibility to bring greatness to our country RAGHVENDRA RAO: This time we have had reports of polling staff being involved in alleged rigging We have had instances from Bihar Assam How serious is the problem We have got complaints from Bihar Assam and Uttar Pradesh but the cases are very limited We have to see what went wrong — maybe our choice of team was wrong In certain areas people become used to certain kinds of party workers But that depends on the selection of our staff our team at the ground level In a district office one can easily tell which officer is aligned to whom This can be solved through a mechanical process The person selecting them should be alert enough and smart enough to know Transcribed by Ananya Bhardwaj Ruhi Bhasin & Sumegha Gulati * EXIMS student For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Reuters | Published: October 2 2017 7:23 pm Everton are 16th after 7 games (Source: Reuters) Top News “It is always about the money” said Everton manager Ronald Koeman when asked after Sunday’s 1-0 home loss to Burnley if his team’s poor start to the season was particularly disappointing given the recent recruitment of new players for around 140 million pounds ($1858 million) “It is so easy in this situation to speak about the money We have got a lot of money and we invest some money and it is always about the difference in spending from transfers” the Dutchman added Koeman’s frustration at the focus on the transfer market dealings of the club is understandable – the pre-season notion that Everton’s transfer activity made them contenders for a top six position always contained a strong degree of hype especially considering the investments of those above them But with Everton 16th after seven games hovering two points above the relegation zone with two wins to their name the line of questioning was fair Far from mounting a challenge to enter the elite so far Everton look to be going backwards and their acquisitions deserve some examination Around half of the money spent on new players came from the sale of the club’s top player striker Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United for a reported 75 million pounds Yet the club did not spend any of their money on directly replacing Lukaku with a proven spearhead likely to bag 20 goals a season – instead spreading it around as they brought in nine new players It is a sign of how well those deals are working out that three of the most prominent of those players former England captain Wayne Rooney Dutch midfielder Davy Klaassen and Spanish attacker Sandro Ramirez started Sunday’s loss on the bench Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford looks a sound acquisition as does centre-half Michael Keane while Iceland’s Gylfi Sigurdsson has known qualities But given Sigurdsson Rooney and Klaassen all occupy a similar position and indeed Croatian Nikola Vlasic is another attacking midfielder the priorities are questionable SPURS EXAMPLE Koeman had talked about bringing in an out-and-out striker and there have been suggestions that Arsenal’s French forward Olivier Giroud could be a target in January But the use of resources echoes in many ways the way Tottenham used their windfall after the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid in 2013 Spurs sold the Welshman for 85 million pounds and used that money to bring in seven players Most failed to make any sort of impact and only two are still with the club – creative midfielder Christian Eriksen and winger Erik Lamela who has been out for more than a year with a long-term injury Others such as Romanian defender Vlad Chiriches Spanish forward Roberto Soldado and Brazilian midfielder Paulinho struggled to make an impact Spurs have progressed well in recent years with a young English core to their team led by Harry Kane and that might be a route that Everton will eventually consider Dominic Calvert-Lewin is showing great promise in attack and another member of the England Under-20 World Cup winning team Ademola Lookman is a 19-year-old forward who has impressed many but has not been given many opportunities since arriving in January Tom Davies is a talented hard-working midfielder who has shown he is capable at Premier League level while defenders Mason Holgate and Jonjoe Kenny have promise Last season it looked as if Koeman was going the route of blooding young players and complimenting them with some astute signings It was an approach that vanished in the flurry of cash over the summer but it might yet still be the best way ahead for Everton For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top News
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