Utility: The Election Commission has increased the maximum expenditure limit for the candidates in the elections!

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Ahead of assembly elections in five states, the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Thursday announced the revised maximum expenditure limit for candidates contesting Lok Sabha and assembly elections. According to the ECI, the revised expenditure limit will be applicable in all the upcoming elections.

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As per the new limit announced by the Election Commission, the maximum expenditure limit for candidates in Lok Sabha elections has been increased from Rs 70 lakh to Rs 95 lakh, while for assembly elections it has been increased from Rs 28 lakh to Rs 40 lakh.
For smaller states, the expenditure limit for Lok Sabha elections has been increased from Rs 54 lakh to Rs 75 lakh, while for assembly elections it has been increased from Rs 20 lakh to Rs 28 lakh. The revised limit has been notified by the Ministry of Law and Justice and the Legislative Department.

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The announcement comes days before the likely announcement of the schedule for the upcoming assembly elections in the five states of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. The last major revision in the electoral spending limit for candidates was done in 2014, which was further increased by 10% in 2020.

The Election Commission had constituted a committee comprising retired IRS officer Harish Kumar, EC General Secretary Umesh Sinha, and Chandra Bhushan Kumar, Senior Deputy Election Commissioner to study the cost factors and other related issues and make suitable recommendations.


The committee sought suggestions from political parties, chief electoral officers, and election observers before reaching any conclusion.