Kathmandu: The Election Commission (EC) on Sunday determined the ceiling for electoral spending for political parties/candidates. The maximum limit of electoral spending was fixed based on the existing law, the number of voters in the constituency, the number of polling centers, and the area.
The EC had earlier consulted the political parties on a spending limit, while the parties had suggested EC not fix a similar ceiling for all constituencies.
However, the basis of the number of voters constitutes 60 percent on the determination of spending limit, while 20 percent each to polling center and area of the constituency.
Under the FPTP election for the House of Representatives, the spending ceiling for the parties/candidates in constituencies no 1, 3, 6, 7, and 8 of Kathmandu is Rs 2.5 million.
Similarly, 17 constituencies are categorized for the ceiling of Rs 2.7 million, 65 constituencies for Rs 2.9 million, 52 constituencies for Rs 3.1 million, and 26 constituencies for Rs 3.3 million.
In the provincial election under the FPTP category, 70 constituencies have been categorized for the ceiling of Rs 1.5 million, 143 constituencies of Rs 1.7 million, 56 constituencies of Rs 1.9 million, 29 constituencies of Rs 2.1 million, and 32 constituencies of Rs 2.3 million.
Issuing a press release on Sunday, EC Spokesperson Shaligram Poudel informed that under the proportional electoral system of HoR, the political parties can spend up to Rs 200 thousand as per the number of candidates included in the closed list. Similarly, it is Rs 150 thousand in the case of a provincial election under the proportional category.
The political parties or electoral candidates make spending on the use of vehicles, publicity, office operation, and mobilization of representatives.