Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Dev on Monday said not only candidates or political parties attempting to bribe voters will face action but for the first time any person accepting such illegal gratification will also be booked under IPC.

"The last 72 hours are crucial and thus we have sealed and laid traps in all the clusters of jhuggis, unauthorized colonies and all such areas which are liable for misuse of money, liquor and musclemen," he said detailing the last minute action plan that his team has chalked out.

He said those sections of the society which are poor and are in need of money can be easily influenced by political parties. "So we have ensured that good traps are laid down by our teams in all such areas, as there could be attempts to bribe the electors."

For the first time, he said, in such cases, action will be taken not only against the candidates or political parties under the model code of conduct and criminal sections, even individuals accepting cash or liquor or taking any kinds of bribe will be also booked under 171 (H) of the IPC as in a way he is also participating in the malpractice.

"We want to make every citizen realize that their vote is not for sale," he said.

The Chief Electoral Office would also be strengthening the border vigil especially in North-East and South-West districts. "We are going to ensure that in cooperation with states of UP and Haryana a tight vigil is maintained to ensure that there is no movement of liquor, cash and musclemen which have the potential of vitiating the polls," he said.

Infact, he said, on the poll day all vehicles entering Delhi would be checked and it is better if the persons carry their identity cards to avoid any trouble.


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