EC cracks whip on candidates failing to submit poll expenses
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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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