bishnupur: Observers will keep tabs on election spending in Bishnupur district | Imphal News

Imphal: Ahead of the Manipur assembly polls, delegate spending monitors for Bishnupur, Akta Jain and Mahesh G Jiwade on Saturday said they would closely monitor election spending to ensure free, fair and uncut elections in the district. The announcement came days after observers called a meeting with officials from all bank branches in the district to review suspicious cash transactions.
During Saturday’s meeting, observers called on poll workers from all running candidates to convince their candidates to be role models in the fight against illegal spending for the upcoming polls. Bishnupur, home to five assembly seats of Oinam, Bishnupur, Thanga, Moirang and Kumbi, is among six valley and hill districts in the state to vote in the first phase, scheduled for February 28. The first phase covers 38 constituencies, while the second phase, covering the remaining 22 seats, will be held on March 5.
The observers made the announcements at the PRC Hall in the Bishnupur mini-secretariat compound while briefing poll workers on keeping election accounts, said a statement issued by the district information officer on Saturday evening. He further mentioned that the Electoral Commission (EC) has recently revised the spending cap for candidates to Rs 28 lakh for the state. Observers also told poll workers that candidates’ campaign spending will be closely monitored from the date of nominations until the announcement of the results, he added.
According to the statement, a three-round inspection of expenditure records will be undertaken by the Election Spending Control Cell.

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