LS polls: Expenditure observers ask candidates to be careful or face action

Mysuru, April 2:- “Elections to the Lok Sabha should be ethical. If anyone is found trying to bribe the voters, give information about them and strict action will be taken without a second thought,” said election expenditure observers Suraj Kumar Gupta and Sandeep Kumar Mishra. They were explaining to the candidates about the election expenditure at a meeting held at the Deputy Commissioner’s (DC) here office on Monday.

“The election expenditure will be verified on April 2, April 9 and April 16. Information about bank balance and the expenditure should be given on the occasion. Candidates can have a cash transaction of only Rs 10,000. Anything beyond that should be on a cheque, RTGS, Neft and DD. Anyone else organises a campaign programme, the expenditure should be made from the account of the candidate. Each candidate can spend up to Rs 70 lakh. All the financial transactions should be held from the official bank account. There is no permission for campaigning at religious places. Campaigns can be made at schools and colleges with prior permission from heads of the institutions and election officer. Children should not take part in the election campaign,” they instructed.

“Prior permission should be taken for campaigning in FM radio, social media, cable network, TV channels, bulk SMS and other mediums. Permission is must for any print media advertisement on April 17 and 18,” they added.

Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer Abhiram G Sankar explained about CVigil app.

Election observers Dileep Narayan, Assistant Election Officer and ADC G Anuradha, Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer (CEO) K Jyothi, candidates and agents were present. (MR/KS)

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