Limits of election candidate’s expense enhanced

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Imphal: The central government has enhanced election expenditure which revised limits have been notified by ministry of law, justice and legislative department for Parliamentary Constituencies and for Assembly Constituencies.

Last major revision in the election expenditure limit for candidates was carried out in 2014, which was further increased by 10 percent in 2020. Simultaneously, the Election Commission formed a committee comprised of Harish Kumar, retired IRS officer, Umesh Sinha, secretary general and Chandra Bhushan Kumar, senior deputy election commissioner in Election Commission of India to study the cost factors and other related issues, and make suitable recommendations, said in a press statement released on Thursday by ECI joint director Anuj Chandak (media).

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The committee invited suggestions from political parties, chief electoral officers and election observers. The committee found that there has been increase in number of electors and Cost Inflation Index since 2014 substantially. It also factored into the changing modes of campaigning, which is gradually shifting to virtual campaign. Having regard to demand from political parties to raise existing election expenditure limit for candidates and increase in electors from 2014 to 2021 from 834 million to 936 million (up by 12.23 percent) and rise in Cost Inflation Index from 2014-15 to 2021-22 from 240 to 317 (up by 32.08 percent), the committee furnished its recommendations to enhance the ceiling limit. The commission has accepted the recommendations of the committee and has decided to enhance the existing election expenditure limit for candidates, it added.

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Accordingly, revised limits have now been notified by ministry of law, justice and legislative department.

These limits will be applicable in all upcoming elections, the release said.

The Gazette of India notification made on Thursday said in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (3) of section 77 read with section 169 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 (43 of 1951), the central government, after consulting the Election Commission of India, hereby makes the rules to amend the Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961.

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These rules may be called the Conduct of Elections (Amendment) Rules, 2022. They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the official gazette, it added.

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