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Election Commission appoints Ms Madhu Mahajan & Shri B Murali Kumar as special expenditure observers for Maharashtra

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On September 23, 2019, The Election Commission of India (ECI) has appointed two former Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officers Madhu Mahajan (ex IRS 1982) and B. Murali Kumar (ex IRS 1983) as Special Expenditure Supervisors for the Maharashtra Assembly elections.Election Commissionof India

Key points:
i. The appointment was made by ECI exercising the powers conferred on it under Article 324 of the Constitution and Section 20B of The Representation of the People Act 1951.
ii. In consultation with the Chief Electoral Officer at Mumbai , Maharashtra, Mahajan will oversee the conduct of Elections with special emphasis on controlling the abuse of money power, while Kumar would similarly be based in Pune to oversee matters in rest of the state with officers and election authorities
iii. They will watch the work being done by the electoral department and ensure that stringent action taken based on intelligence inputs and complaints received through the app C-VIGIL (citizens’ vigil), Voter Helpline 1950 against all persons/entities trying to induce voters in order to impair the poll exercise.

About ECI:
: 25 January 1950
Headquarters: New Delhi
Chief Election Commissioner: Sunil Arora
Election Commissioner : Ashok Lavasa, Sushil Chandra