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Punjab Assembly Elections 2022: Special Expenditure Monitor will keep a close eye on the expenses of the candidates: Additional District Electoral Officer

Kuldeep Sood | January 11, 2022 07:01 PM

The expenditure limit of candidates has been increased from Rs. 30.80 lakhs to Rs. 40 lakhs

The Additional District Electoral Officer has directed the representatives of political parties

 Barnala: The Election Commission of India will keep a close watch on the election expenses of the candidates contesting the Punjab Assembly Election-2022. A candidate will be able to spend a maximum of Rs 40 lakh on his campaign, earlier the spending limit was Rs 30.80 lakh, which has now been increased. In this regard, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of Additional District Electoral Officer Varjit Walia in which representatives of various political parties participated and assured cooperation to the district administration.

Disclosing this here today, Walia said that the Election Commission of India (ECI) has been taking various measures to reduce the exorbitant expenditure incurred by the candidates in the elections. He said that candidates would be able to spend only on rallies, campaign materials, advertisements, vehicles, and other miscellaneous activities required for elections. Therefore, they have to open a joint bank or postal account in their name or with their election agent one day before filling up the nomination papers. Candidates will be able to cover all election expenses from this account. Payment of up to Rs.10,000 can be made in cash, whereas more amount has to be paid by check. 

He appealed to the delegates not to use illegal means such as distribution of liquor and drugs, distribution of cash, distribution of gifts, etc. during the elections. Special Expenditure Monitors will be sent by the Election Commission to monitor the expenditure incurred by the candidates and teams have also been formed at the local level. Details of expenses incurred by the candidates will have to be recorded in the daily expenditure register. On the other hand, the Election Commission will record the same expenditure in the shadow register. The cost of both registers should match. Bills and vouchers for all expenses from the filing of nomination papers to results are to be kept. Approval of each expenditure must be obtained from the concerned Returning Officer. He said that all the expenses would be booked as per the rates fixed by the Election Commission. Expenditure monitors will personally check the election expenditure register of each candidate thrice during the entire election process. He appealed to all the party representatives to ensure that the instructions were followed. 

During the meeting detailed information about the standard election code was given. Walia said that at present there is a ban on election rallies and gatherings till January 15. Votes cannot be solicited on the basis of caste, religion, color or greed. Prior approval must be obtained for each political activity. Only 5 people can go for door to door election campaign. Nothing should be done that spoils the atmosphere of social brotherhood and harmony. All your weapons should be deposited at the nearest police station. He appealed to the people to follow the instructions to avoid corona. Tehsildar Election Harjinder Kaur and other officials were also present on the occasion.

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