11 March 2019
Bhubaneswar: Soon after the election dates were announced by Election Commission on Sunday, a press release stated the poll expenses ceiling limit for candidates.
"The limit has been revised by the Government of India in 2014. As per the revised ceilings, the maximum limit of election expenses for a Lok Sabha Constituency is Rs 70 lakh per candidate for all States except Arunachal Pradesh, Goa and Sikkim. For these three States it is Rs 54 lakh per candidate. For the Union Territories, the maximum limit is Rs 70 lakh per candidate for NCT of Delhi and Rs 54 lakh per candidate for other UTs," the press release stated.
Accordingly, in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha the limit of expenses for Assembly Constituencies is Rs 28 lakh per candidate and in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim it is Rs 20 lakh per candidate.
The commission has decided that an election expenditure either by/to candidate(s) or political parties exceeding Rs 10,000 in all the situations be incurred by crossed account payee cheque or draft or by RTGS/NEFT or any other electronic mode linked with bank account of the candidate opened for election purpose.
While the general elections will be conducted across the country in seven phases, Odisha will go to polls in four phases. Odisha will vote for the 21 Lok Sabha and 147 assembly seats from April 11 to April 29.