District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner (DC) Hamirpur Rajinder Singh Thakur has said every contesting candidate in the coming Assembly elections will have to open a separate bank account for the elections, as per directions of the Election Commission.

In a meeting held with local bankers here today, the DC said all contesting candidates would open separate bank accounts, receive contributions in this account and make all election expenses through the same only. Banks would have to inform election observers about any unusual transactions made through such accounts.