every aspect of local government was placed under scrutiny
examination: the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)
a prolonged intense look
Scrutiny (Fr. scrutin, Late Lat. scrutinium, from scrutari, to search or examine thoroughly) is a careful examination or inquiry (often implying the search for a likely mistake or failure). ...
Scrutiny: A Quarterly Review was a literature periodical founded in 1932 by F. R. Leavis, who remained its principal editor until the final issue in 1953. Other editors include Lionel Charles Knights and Harold Andrew Mason.
Thorough inspection of a situation or a case
(scrutinous) thorough, careful, strict
the three scrutinies are rituals for the elect that “are meant to uncover, then heal, all that is weak, defective, or sinful in the hearts of the elect” (RCIA 141). They are normally celebrated on the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sundays of Lent. Click here to read posts on TeamRCIA. ...
(Scrutinized) When I had finished, Lord Nobutora scrutinized me silently, then he nodded as if he were agreeing with some thought that had just occurred to him. ...
The checking and counting of ballot papers to ascertain the result of an election.
The process following the close of polling. Acceptability of votes is determined and the votes are sorted and counted to determine the outcome of the election.
close examination; minute inspection; a careful watch
searching study or inquiry; judicial investigation into the constitutionality of a statutory classification of persons under the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution.