Election Commission of India has recommended an increase in the election expenses of candidates

The Election Commission of India has recommended an increase in the election expenses of candidates fighting the Lok Sabha and state assembly polls.

Chief Election Commissioner S.Y Quraishi said the commission has recommended that the limit be hiked to Rs.40 lakh for Lok Sabha elections and Rs.16 lakh for assembly elections from the current limits of Rs.25 lakh and Rs.10 lakh, respectively.

He also said ration cards will be allowed as proof of identity for voting, while in Tamil Nadu, nearly 99 percent of the electoral photo identity cards (EPIC) have been issued.

According to Quraishi, the commission is considering the option of providing voters paper acknowledgment so that they know for whom they have voted, but added this measure may not be possible in the ensuing assembly polls.

A committee is looking into this issue and, based on its recommendations, a decision will be taken, he said.

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