Chandigarh, November 10: Haryana State Election Commission has revised the Election Expenditure Limit for Mayor, members of Municipal Corporation, Municipal Council and Municipal Committees. As per the revised limits, the maximum election expenditure of Mayor has been increased from Rs.20,00,000 to Rs.22,00,000. The Election Expenditure Limit of Member Municipal Corporation has been increased from Rs. 5,00,000 to Rs. 5,50,000. Similarly, the Election Expenditure limit of Member, Municipal Council and Municipal Committee has been increased from Rs. 3,00,000 to Rs.3,30,000 and from Rs. 2,00,000 to Rs. 2,25,000 respectively.
Giving information in this regard, a spokesman of the State Election Commission said that the Commission has also issued directions that the accounts of expenditure to be incurred by the contesting candidates in the Municipal Corporation, Council and Committees will be maintained and submitted to the Deputy Commissioners within 30 days of the declaration of the result.
The State Election Commission has further directed that if a candidate fails to submit accounts of expenditure incurred by him/her for election within the prescribed time limit, the Commission by order published in Official Gazette shall declare him/her to be disqualified and may such person be disqualified for a period of five years from the date of the order.
The spokesman further informed that every contesting candidate shall either himself or by his authorized election agent will have to keep a separate and correct account of all expenditure in connection with the election between the dates he/she has been nominated and date of declaration of result both dates inclusive.
He said that any violation by the contesting candidate or his authorized agent/individual to incur any expenditure in excess of the limit mentioned above will be viewed seriously by the State Election Commission and stringent action will be taken against him/her.