Election Commission of India has appointed an ex-Indian Revenue Service officer B. R. Balakrishnan (ex IRS 1983) and a serving Indian Revenue Service officer, Suresh Kumar (IRS 1988) as Special Expenditure Observers for the Bye-Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Telangana and Sikkim, respectively.

The Special Observers will be supervising and monitoring the work being done by the electoral machinery and ensure that stringent and effective enforcement action is undertaken based on intelligence inputs and complaints received through cVIGIL, Voter Helpline 1950 against the persons/entities trying to induce voters by distributing cash, liquor & freebies etc. in order to vitiate the poll process.

B.R. Balakrishnan had served as DGIT (Inv.), Bengaluru earlier and  Suresh Kumar is presently posted as Principal Commissioner of Income Tax (Central), Ahmedabad.

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