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Separate Bank Account for Election expenses

Narinder Chauhan, Chief Electoral Officer said that Election Commission of India had issued instructions for contesting candidate to open a separate bank account a day before they file nomination papers. Narinder Chauhan said the account could be opened in candidate’s name or in joint name with his election agent but it could not be opened in joint name with any family members of the candidate or any other person, if he was not an election agent. He said that this account could be opened anywhere in the State and it could also be opened in State Co-operative Bank or in Post Office. He said that contesting candidate should not use existing bank account for election purposes. He further said that the crossed account payee cheques would be issued by the candidate for any item of expenditure exceeding Rs. 20,000.

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