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Santosh stresses on role of Magistrates in ensuring integrity, fairness of Elections

Santosh stresses on role of Magistrates in ensuring integrity, fairness of Elections


LEH: The District Election Officer/Deputy Commissioner, Leh Santosh Sukhadeve chaired a meeting cum training programme for the Zonal/Sector Magistrates and FSTs/ SSTs on Expenditure Monitoring, Model Code of Conduct, Media Complaint and Role and Responsibilities of Magistrate during conduct of Elections on March 9 at DC Conference Hall, Leh.

He stressed on the significance of the training, emphasizing the pivotal role of Magistrates in ensuring the integrity and fairness of elections, which is fundamental to the vibrant democracy of India.

He elucidated the responsibilities entrusted to Magistrates to conduct elections in a transparent and impartial manner.

He highlighted the critical role of FSTs/SSTs in curbing voter inducement, preventing the misuse of power during elections and ensuring equitable opportunities for all candidates in the electoral arena.

The training session featured a detailed presentation by State Level Master Trainer, District Treasury Officer (DTO) Kargil, Iftikar Hussain, who provided insights into Election Expenditure Monitoring, the adverse effects of monetary influence, the implications of election finance violations, the structure, and functions of EEM, and the essential role of ROs in expenditure monitoring.

Moreover, he elaborated on the Model Code of Conduct, Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC), the process of pre-certification of politically oriented advertisements, combating paid news, and the facilitation of media coverage during elections.

The training was attended by Sub Divisional Magistrates, AEROs, FSTs, and SSTs.

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