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Chief Electoral Officer of Odisha held an all-party meeting for the ensuing Lok Sabha and Assembly elections

Bhubaneswar:12/3/19: Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Odisha, Surendra Kumar on Tuesday held an all-party meeting for the ensuing Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.

During the meeting which was attended by the representatives of various political parties, Kumar briefed about the new guidelines to be followed during the polls.

He said several new guidelines have been introduced this year. Unlike earlier, candidates contesting the elections this year will have to reveal their income tax returns of the last five years.

Besides, candidates will have to provide details of their Permanent Account Number (PAN) and publish details of their criminal records or cases registered against them through print and electronic media for a minimum of three times, informed the Chief Electoral Officer.

Moreover, the CEO discussed poll expenses during the meeting. While the poll expenses limits of political parties have not been fixed yet, the expenditure limits of candidates have been fixed, he said.

Candidates contesting Lok Sabha seat can spend a maximum of Rs 70 lakh during the process of elections, while the expense limit is Rs 28 lakh for candidates contesting assembly seat, Kumar said.

He said the records of candidates’ poll expenses will be kept with the CEO. The CEO further informed that he would recommend for revision in the voting timing in the Maoist-infested areas in the state.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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