No digital payment for candidates in Prez polls

Centre might be pushing for digital payments, but, the candidates wishing to contest the presidential polls will have to pay `15,000 in cash.

Published: 19th June 2017 12:54 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th June 2017 05:39 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Centre might be pushing for digital payments, but, the candidates wishing to contest the presidential polls will have to pay `15,000 in cash.
Under the rules, candidates have to deposit the amount with the returning officer while filing their nomination papers for the post. Officials said that some bank officials have been assigned the duty to count and check the notes. Besides, the candidate can also deposit the cash at the Reserve Bank of India, enclosing the receipt with the nomination papers.
The presidential poll is scheduled to be held on July 17 while the counting of votes is on
July 20.

Officials said candidates have been asked to avoid digital payments or by cheque. So far, 15 people had filed their papers for the top constitutional post. Seven of them were disqualified as they did not furnish proper documents.

The remaining candidates are also liable to be rejected at the time of scrutiny as none had the signatures of 50 proposers and as many seconders from the list of electors — essential for a valid nomination.
Elected members of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha and of state legislative assemblies are the electors.

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