EC limits election spending for parties, candidates

Published On: October 3, 2022 12:00 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Oct 3: The Election Commission (EC) determined the ceiling of electoral spending for political parties/candidates on Sunday.  The maximum limit of electoral spending was fixed based on the existing law, number of voters in constituencies, number of polling centers and area.

The EC had earlier consulted the political parties on the spending limit and the parties had suggested to EC not to fix the same ceiling for all constituencies.

However, the basis of the number of voters constitutes 60 percent on determination of spending limit, while 20 percent each to polling center and area of constituency.

Under the FPTP election to the House of Representatives, the spending ceiling for the parties/candidates in constituency no 1, 3, 6, 7 and 8 of Kathmandu is Rs 2.5 million. 

Similarly, 17 constituencies are categorized for the ceiling of Rs 2.7 million, 65 constituencies for Rs 2.9 million, 52 constituencies for Rs 3.1 million and 26 constituencies for Rs 3.3 million. 

In the provincial election under the FPTP category, 70 constituencies have been categorized for the ceiling of Rs 1.5 million, 143 constituencies of Rs 1.7 million, 56 constituencies of Rs 1.9 million, 29 constituencies of Rs 2.1 million, and 32 constituencies of Rs 2.3 million.

Issuing a press release on Sunday, EC Spokesperson Shaligram Poudel stated that under the proportional electoral system of HoR, the political parties can spend up to Rs 200,000 as per number of candidates included in the closed list. Similarly, it is Rs 150,000 in case of provincial election under the proportional category.

The political parties or electoral candidates make spending on use of vehicles, publicity, office operation and mobilization of representatives.


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