ECI to maintain day-to-day Election Expenditure Account

Port Blair, Mar 28: In terms of the instructions issued by the Election Commission of India, the day-to-day election expenditure account, maintained by the contesting candidates in the prescribed register together with the supporting documents shall be made available for inspection during the campaign period.

The inspection shall be done by the Expenditure Officer appointed by the Election Commission (EO) of India at the Conference Hall of DC Office, South Andaman as per the schedule given below. All contesting candidates should ensure that they make their records available for inspection at the designated place before the EO.

Sl. No. Inspection Number Date Time
1. First Inspection 01/04/2019 10 A.M. to 11 A.M.
2. Second Inspection 04/04/2019 10 A.M. to 11 A.M.
3. Third Inspection 08/04/2019 10 A.M. to 11 A.M.

If a candidate or his agent does not produce his Election Expenditure Register for inspection on the day fixed for this purpose, a notice shall be issued to the candidate by the R.O in writing, informing him that if he fails again to produce the Register for inspection on the day specified in the notice, it shall be presumed that he had failed to maintain the day to day account of election expenditure as required under Section 77 of R.P. Act, 1951. If, in spite of the notice, the candidate fails to produce the register of election expenditure for inspection, a complaint under Section 171-I of IPC shall be filed. Besides this, if the candidate does not produce the register after three days of service of the notice, the permission given to the candidate for use of vehicles during elections will be withdrawn.

The members of the public can also be present during inspection of expenditure register/accounts and they can also obtain a copy of the expenditure register of any candidate, on payment of Re 1 per page from the Returning Officer.


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