The Election Commission on Monday expressed serious concern over the rising use of "money power" in the election process.
While announcing the dates for the elections to the 15th Lok Sabha, Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami said: "We have taken serious note of illegal use of money power, and the polling officers have been told to strictly monitor the expenditure."
He appealed to the candidates not to exceed their expense limits.
The elections begin April 16 and end May 13. The counting will be held on May 16.