Parbat: The District Election Office has called upon all the political parties and independent candidates who ran for the recently concluded representative and state assembly elections to submit their election expenses.
According to Sub-Section 940 of Section 72 of the House of Representatives Election Act, 2074, it is stipulated that candidates must submit the election expenses statement to the relevant province/district election office within 35 days from the date of announcement of election results.
In accordance with the same arrangement, the District Election Office under the Election Commission has asked all the candidates to submit their expenditure details on time. The final results of the elections held on 20th November were announced on 24th November. From the same date, the election expenses statement has to be submitted within 35 days i.e. December 29. According to this, all the candidates have been called upon to submit all the details of expenses within the time limit, said District Election Officer Lakshu Sharma.
It is said that when submitting the expenditure statement, the expenditure bill should be submitted along with the reimbursement in accordance with Schedule-40 of the House of Representatives Election and Provincial Assembly Member Election Guide, 2079. Sharma also said that if anyone does not provide the details within the stipulated time, action will be taken against those candidates as per law.
In the election law, there is a provision that if the elected candidate does not submit the expenses details within the time limit, his/her position will be revoked and if the candidate is defeated, he/she cannot be a candidate in any election for 6 years. In addition, there is a provision to fine the maximum amount of his/her election expenses.
When submitting the details of the election expenses, it has been called upon to submit the details of the expenses for the purchase of voter list, vehicles, publicity material, transportation, conference interaction, other publicity, printing and digital media. Sharma informed that the candidate has also been invited to submit the expenditure details of the advertisements made on social networks.
The election office has also requested the candidate through a letter to submit to the election office within 15 days from the date of completion of the polling, including the details of the expenses incurred for the preparation of the platform during the election campaign or the general meeting.