ECI sets Rs 16-lakh limit to candidates for expenses in polls
Bhopal: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has prescribed Rs 16 lakh as the limit of expenses per candidate during the forthcoming Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections.
A candidate will have to open an account for poll expenses on the day he files nomination papers, an official release said here on Tuesday.
All election-related transactions will be made in this account through cheques. Funds provided by party will also have to be deposited in this account, it said.
Expenses on election-related bulk SMS sent by candidates will be monitored by various agencies and considered as election expenditure. Complaints regarding misuse of SMS can be made to the police, the release said.
A candidate can appoint two polling agents and one of them will be responsible for expenditure-related work.
Use of children and animals for various election activities will be banned. Formats for expenditure register and affidavit for candidates have also been amended. They have been urged to use only amended register.
During elections, special vigilance will be maintained on airports, railway stations, bus stands, hotels, farm houses, financial middlemen, liquor distribution and check-posts, the release mentioned.
Four flying squads have been constituted in every Assembly constituency in the state to monitor illegal fund transfer and distribution of liquor to influence voters.
The Election Commission will implement model code of conduct in letter and spirit during the Assembly elections.
Special vigilance will also be maintained on paid news.
Vulnerable and critical polling centres are being identified to ensure free and fair polls in districts. Apart from ensuing special security arrangements, micro observers will also be deployed at these centres.
For voters` convenience, this time photo-bearing polling slips will also be issued, the release added.
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