Odisha Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Surendra Kumar on Monday directed district collectors to submit estimates regarding expenditures for the upcoming 2019 polls.

Kumar said the district collectors were asked to submit a report over various types of poll-related expenses.

“This is a routine process. The collectors have been directed to submit a report over poll-related expenses such as transportation of the polling parties and preparation of infrastructures like booths and strong rooms,” he said.

As per the instruction of the Election Commission of India (ECI), the process to set up strong rooms in all the districts has also started.

“Keeping in view the price escalation and prescription of the ECI, we will do the budgeting,” said Kumar.

He informed that EVMs, VVPATs will be used in all the polling booth across the state during the polls. Notably, Odisha will face both Assembly and general elections in 2019.