The committee comprising former DG Investigations Harish Kumar and EC Secretary General Umesh Sinha will assess the change in number of electors across the states and union territories and its bearing on expenditure.
It has also been mandated to assess the change in Cost Inflation Index and its bearing on the pattern of expenditure incurred by the candidates in recent elections.
The panel will seek views and inputs of political parties and other stakeholders, and will examine other factors which may have bearings on expenditure.
The committee will submit its report within four months of its constitution, the EC said.
Considering the the difficulties candidates will face in campaigning amid COVID-19, based on the recommendations of the EC, the government had on Monday enhanced the existing expenditure limit by 10 per cent.
The 10 per cent hike will be applicable with immediate effect in ongoing elections in Bihar and various assembly and one Lok Sabha bypolls.
The maximum limit for candidates differs from state to state. While it is more in larger states it is different for smaller states.
After the Law Ministry notification of Monday, in bigger states like Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Bihar and Haryana, the maximum expenditure a candidate can incur for campaigning in Lok Sabha polls is now Rs 77 lakh. So far it was Rs 70 lakh. For assemblies, it has been hiked from Rs 28 lakh to Rs 30.8 lakh.
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