AL spent Tk 1.5cr in 11th JS polls

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Apr 23,2019 | Updated: 23:48, Apr 22,2019

 
 

The ruling Awami League spent about Tk 1.5 crore in the 11th parliamentary elections held on December 30, 2018.
A delegation of the party, led by its national election conducting committee co-chairman HT Imam, on Sunday submitted the expenditure report to the chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda at Nirbachan Bhaban in the capital.
According to the report, the party nominated 260 candidates in the polls and was entitled to spend up to Tk 4.5 crore.
The party had spent about Tk 2.5 crore in the 10th Jatiya Sangsad polls and about Tk 3.6 crore in the 9th elections.
The submission of the election expenditure return with the Election Commission has been mandatory since 2008.
After submitting the report on the latest JS elections, Imam, also an adviser to the prime minister Sheikh Hasina, told reporters that the party’s expenditure was lower than in previous elections as the party did not give any money to any candidate for the 11th polls.
A good number of party candidates had been financed by the party for electoral expenses in earlier elections, he added.
The bureaucrat-turned-politician also said that all the 260 candidates of the party had already submitted their returns individually with the respective returning officer.
The Awami League earned Tk 10.88 crore from the sale of the nomination forms at Tk 30,000 apiece in the 2018 election.
The Representation of the People Order, 1972 stipulates that the political parties that have contested in the national elections should submit their expenditure statements with the EC within 90 days on completion of the elections in all constituencies.
The RPO has empowered the EC even to cancel the registration of a party for not submitting the statement by the candidates as well as the party.
All 40 registered political parties of the country participated in the December 30 general elections, observed to be marred by fraud and flaws.
The ruling Awami League led-alliance secured 277 seats, its grand-alliance partner Jatiya Party 22 seats, the Jatiya Oikya Front eight and independent candidates won the rest three constituencies in the polls.
Returning officers had filed cases against some candidates of the 10th and 9th parliamentary polls for not submitting expenditure statements.

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