New Delhi: Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi on Friday appealed to all political parties to introspect over the growing influence of money power in elections as it was playing havoc with the system.

Quraishi said the Commission has seized Rs 70 crore from the five states which went to to the polls and out of this, a whopping Rs 60 crore was recovered from Tamil Nadu.

"It has become a matter of concern for us. We do feel that for every Rs one crore we seize, we are preventing  entry of Rs 40-50 crore," Quraishi said.

He said money power was playing "havoc" with the electoral system in the country and Election Commission is fine-tuning its means to deal effectively with the problem.

"It is not one party which is guilty. All parties are guilty. Some do it more, some do it less. They have to come together and introspect," he said.

Asked about the electoral reforms, he said six regional consultations have already been held and the seventh one is scheduled in Guwahati on June 5.

"After that we will have a national meeting with the Prime Minister and other leaders attending it. We hope to go forward," he said.

Asked about apprehensions of violence in West Bengal after assembly results were out, Quraishi maintained that the Election Commission's job will be over after the counting.

"I agree we have those apprehensions...We have taken abundant precautions. The forces will continue to be in Bengal for ten more days. This is unprecedented," he said expressing hope tempers should cool down by that time.

He also lauded the bureaucracy as a whole for delivering "perfect" elections.

(Agencies)