Local-level candidates allow to spend only Rs 750,000

Kathmandu: The Election Commission (EC) has allowed local level candidates to spend only Rs 750,000 for the election. The commission had given information about the expenditure limit of the candidates during a discussion with the representatives of political parties on Friday.

Candidates for the post of mayor and deputy mayor of the metropolis can spend only up to Rs. 750,000 as per the expenditure limit set by the Election Commission. Similarly, candidates for mayor and deputy mayor in a sub-metropolis can spend up to Rs 450,000.

Similarly, candidates for Rural Municipality chairperson and vice-chairperson will be allowed to spend up to Rs 350,000. Meanwhile, Ward chairperson and members are allowed to spend only Rs 350,000 towards the metropolis, Rs 250,000 towards the sub-metropolitan, 200,000 in the municipality and 150,000 in the rural municaplity.

During the discussion, the representatives of the participating political parties said that the commission would play an important role in strengthening democracy by making the election clean, free, fair, fearless and low cost.

During the discussion, the representatives of the political parties were briefed on the work done by the Election Commission and preparations for the election were discussed, said Election Commission spokesperson Shaligram Sharma Poudel. He said that the commission has prepared samples of 6,743 types of ballot papers for the local level elections. Chief Election Commissioner Thapaliya said that the ballot papers were being managed by anticipating the candidates due to lack of time.