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Shadow register to ensure graft-free elections

The district administration will maintain a shadow register to track poll expenses of candidates.

This was announced on Wednesday by Patna district magistrate N. Saravana Kumar as part of a slew of measures to ensure fair elections. The election team comprising flying squads, video surveillance and static surveillance teams will collect information of poll expenditure of each candidate which will be maintained in a book known shadow register.

This will be maintained by the assistant expenditure observer. Each candidate has to submit poll expenses three times, in accordance with a schedule fixed by the returning officer, from the date of nomination to the date of polling. The register will be compared with the expenditure records maintained by the candidates.For peaceful polling and to keep a tab on expenditure made by candidates, assistant expenditure observers would monitor the election expenses of candidates, Saravana Kumar said.

To discourage candidates from spending more on poll campaigns, the district administration, on the directive of the Election Commission, has asked people not to carry more than Rs 50,000 in cash. If any person is caught carrying more than that amount, he/she would have to provide a valid explanation for it.

There would be regular frisking of passengers luggage at the airport. Politicians using helicopters for campaigning have been asked to board it from the airport and not from state hangar. Senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaaj said: There would be sufficient deployment of security personnel. Riverside patrolling has also been started.

If any voter wants to make any complaint against any candidate or needs some information regarding polling he/she would be able to make an enquiry on 18003451950. Any person having his/her name on the voters list would be able to exercise his franchise using alternative documents such as PAN card, passport, bank passbook, driving licence and others.

For the constituencies of Patna Sahib and Pataliputra, Vikash Kumar Jain and T.J. Rathore (both Indian Revenue Service officers) have been appointed expenditure observers. The notification for these two constituencies was issued on Wednesday.

Lal Babu Singh Patel of the Krantikari Vikash Dal filed his nomination from Patna Sahib constituency.

The last date for filing nomination is March 26, while the scrutiny would be done on March 27. The last date for withdrawal of candidature is March 29.

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