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Candidates' poll expenditure to be uploaded

Posted on Mar 05 2014 | IANS

New Delhi, March 5 : The expenditure of each candidate in the Lok Sabha polls will be scrutinised and uploaded on the website of the chief electoral officer for public viewing, Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath said Wednesday.

Each candidate will also be required to open a separate bank account for election purposes and pay all expenses from the said account by issuing cheques, the CEC said at the press conference held to announce the poll dates.

Flying squads, static surveillance teams, accounting teams and video surveillance teams will be deployed to check distribution of cash or any other bribe among electors, Sampath said.

The CEC said the commission has also ordered that a shadow observation register be maintained for the election expenditure of each candidate and after each inspection, it would be scanned and uploaded on the website for public viewing.

The election commission said it will take effective measures to monitor production, storage and distribution of liquor during elections. It has asked the income-tax department and the financial intelligence unit of the government to keep a watch on movement of cash during the elections.

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