- There were 83 crore voters in the country in 2014.
- The number of voters has increased to 93 crore in 2021.
There are now 90 crore voters in the country. In 2014, the total number of voters was about 83 crores, which increased to 93 crores in 2021, that is, there has been an increase of 12 percent in the number of voters. At the same time, there has been an increase of 32 percent in the election expenditure of candidates of political parties in 2021-22 as compared to 2014-15. In this regard, the Election Commission gave information on Thursday.
The Election Expenditure Limit for candidates has been increased from Rs 70 lakh to Rs 95 lakh for Lok Sabha elections and from Rs 28 lakh to Rs 40 lakh for assembly elections, the commission said. The commission said that the new limit will be applicable in all the upcoming elections. It was told that the decision of the government is based on the recommendation made by the poll panel.
The revised expenditure limit for Lok Sabha elections is now Rs 95 lakh for large states and Rs 75 for small states. Earlier this limit was Rs 70 lakh for big states and Rs 54 lakh for small states. The revised election expenditure limit for candidates for assembly elections ranges from Rs 28 lakh to Rs 40 lakh for large states. In smaller states, candidates can now spend a maximum of Rs 28 lakh instead of Rs 20 lakh.
Candidates will fight on increased election expenditure in 5 states
Assembly elections are due in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur in the next few months. Now candidates will be able to spend election expenses according to the new limit of expenditure. The expenditure limit for the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Uttarakhand is now Rs 40 lakh. As per the notification, it is now Rs 28 lakh for Goa and Manipur. Let us tell you that the expenses of the rallies and programs of the star campaigners are borne by the parties. There is no limit on expenditure by political parties.
Earlier in 2014, amendments were made in the election expenditure limit.
Earlier, the last major revision in the election expenditure limit for candidates was done in 2014, which was increased by 10 percent in 2020. Also, the Election Commission had constituted a committee to study the related issues and make suitable recommendations. The committee had sought suggestions from political parties, chief electoral officers and election observers. The Election Commission said in a statement that the committee found that the number and cost of electors has increased significantly since 2014.
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