To curb the role of money power in elections, P.K. Dash, Director-General (Election Expenditure), Election Commission, has instructed political parties in the State to strictly adhere to the norms of poll expenditure during run-up to the Legislative Assembly elections on May 5.

Mr. Dash and Chief Electoral Officer Anil Kumar Jha held an hour-long meeting on Saturday with representatives of Congress, Janata Dal (Secular), Bharatiya Janata Party, Communist Party of India and Communist Party of India (Marxist), Nationalist Congress Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and told them that each candidate is required to open a separate account for election expenditure purpose before the filing of nomination.

If the candidate has not opened a bank account or not intimated the bank account number, the Returning Officer or Expenditure Observer would issue a notice to all such candidates to comply with the instructions of the commission, officials at the CEO office told The Hindu.

Any fund provided by the party to its candidates for election purpose is required to be reflected in the day-to-day account of election expenditure of the candidate and the parties are required to maintain and lodge the accounts before the commission, after the election is over.

The expenditure observer in each constituency would monitor expenditure of each candidate, which has been fixed at Rs. 16 lakh.

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