EC cracks whip on candidates failing to submit poll expenses

Last Updated: Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 12:24

New Delhi: Cracking the whip, the Election
Commission has disqualified 3,275 candidates across the
country for three years for their failure to submit the
accounts of their poll expenses.

These candidates were in fray for the recent state
Assembly Elections and the Lok Sabha polls.

Uttar Pradesh tops the list with as many as 1,109
candidates who had contested the last Assembly polls standing
disqualified under Section 10A of the Representation of the
People Act (RPA), followed by 566 in Bihar and 460 in Tamil
Nadu.

A total of 79 candidates in Haryana and 15 in Maharashtra
have been disqualified after they failed to submit their
expenses during the last Assembly polls while a lone candidate
was disqualified in Arunachal Pradesh. Three candidates in
Maharashtra who had contested the last Lok Sabha polls have
also been disqualified.

Maharashtra, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh are going to
polls on October 13 to elect new assemblies.

A candidate who was in the fray for the Outer Delhi Lok
Sabha seat and 24 others who had contested the Assembly polls
in Delhi have been disqualified, the EC said.

In Jharkhand, which is also likely to go to polls soon,
67 candidates who had contested the Assembly Elections last
time and 15 who fought the general elections, have been
disqualified.

In Rajasthan, all candidates complied with the EC
directive on the filing of accounts except one in Deeg
Assembly constituency, who stood disqualified.

The commission has released a list of those candidates
who have been disqualified as on September 14.

Section 10A of the RPA states that if a person failed to
lodge an account of election expenses within the time and in
the manner required and has no good reason for the failure,
the EC shall declare him to be disqualified for three years.

The commission, however, said there was no case of
disqualification on the ground of conviction and corrupt
practices.

Bureau Report



First Published: Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 12:24

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