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Observers to arrive today

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: Two observers from the Election Commission are scheduled to arrive here on Saturday to monitor election expenses incurred by candidates. Four general observers from the commissioner will reach here on the last day of filing nominations to check the election proceedings here, said District Collector, P. I. Sheikh Pareed.

To help the expense observers there will also be shadow observers. These observers will give reports to the general observers. Micro observers and licence officers will also be appointed, said the Collector.

Officers from banks and Central government departments of income tax and revenue intelligence have been posted as deputy expense observers. A special inspection squad has been posted at the Nedumbassery airport to keep an eye on funds being routed through planes. A static observer cell has been opened in six police sub-divisions.

The general observer for Kochi, Tripunithura and Ernakulam constituencies will be Ashuthosh Agnihotri, Assam cadre IAS officer. Sangeeta Singh of the Gujarat cadre will be the observer for Piravom, Muvattupuzha and Kothamangalam. K. Gopal of Tamil Nadu cadre will be the observer for Perumbavoor, Angamaly, Aluva and Kunnathunadu and Shyam Lal of West Bengal cadre will be the observer for Kalamassery, Paravur, Vypeen and Thrikkakara.

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