Chandigarh, December 03: Haryana State Election Commissioner, Dr. Dalip Singh, while addressing a press conference here today said that elaborate arrangements shall be made for the conduct of free, fair, transparent, and peaceful elections. An adequate police force shall be deployed to maintain law and order at the polling stations and insensitive and hyper-sensitive areas for conducting the elections.
Dr. Singh also stated that the expenditure limit of the contesting candidates, contesting the election of the seat of Mayor and members of Municipal Corporation and President and Members of Municipal Council and Committee have been revised. As per the revision, the election expenditure limit for Mayor has been increased from Rs. 20 lakh to Rs. 22 lakh. The election expenditure limit for Member Corporation has been increased from Rs. 5 lakh to Rs. 5.50 lakh. The election expenditure limit for Member Municipal Council has been increased from Rs. 3 lakh to Rs. 3.30 lakh. The election expenditure limit for Member Municipal Committee has been increased from Rs. 2 lakh to Rs. 2.25 lakh. He shared that the election expenditure limit of the President, Municipal Council, and Committees has been fixed at Rs. 15 lakh and Rs. 10 lakh respectively.
Dr. Singh further said that all the contesting candidates are required to maintain an account of election expenditure and submit the same within 30 days from the date of declaration of election result to the Deputy Commissioner or an officer authorized by the State Election Commission, failing which the defaulting candidate shall be liable to be disqualified for 5 years. After the last general election of these municipalities, (except Sonipat) a total of 122 contested candidates have been disqualified by the Commission for non-submission of election expenditure statements within a stipulated time period.
Dr. Singh stated that the election of municipalities will be conducted by the use of EVMs. The photograph of the candidate will be printed in the panel and will appear on the right side of the name in between the name and symbol of the candidate. The ballot paper for Mayor and President shall be of pink color and for members, it shall be of white color.
Dr. Singh further said that the NOTA (None of the above) option will be used in these elections. He said that the NOTA is to be treated as a “Fictional Electoral Candidate’ while declaring the election results. If in the election, all the contesting candidates individually receive lesser votes than the ‘Fictional Electoral Candidate’ i.e. NOTA, then none of the contesting candidates will be declared as elected. In case the contesting candidate and the ‘Fictional Electoral Candidate’ i.e. NOTA receive equal valid votes; then the contesting candidate (not NOTA) will be declared as elected.
Dr. Singh further clarified that no candidate will be eligible to file his nomination if he was a contesting candidate in the first election in which his votes were less than