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Law panel urged to examine cap on poll expenses

Law panel urged to examine cap on poll expenses
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A two-judge bench of the High Court at Hyderabad on Tuesday opined that it was for the Law Commission to examine the advisability of a monetary ceiling on expenditures even for elections to the Upper House, Parliament and State Councils. The bench was dealing with a writ petition filed by DV Rao, a practising advocate.

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A two-judge bench of the High Court at Hyderabad on Tuesday opined that it was for the Law Commission to examine the advisability of a monetary ceiling on expenditures even for elections to the Upper House, Parliament and State Councils. The bench was dealing with a writ petition filed by DV Rao, a practising advocate. The petitioner complained that though there were limits to the amount spent by parties during elections to Parliament and Legislative Assemblies, there was no such limitations for Legislative Council elections.

The petitioner said “As per Section 78 of the Representation of Peoples Act 1951, every contesting candidate is required to lodge a true copy of the account of his election expenses with the District Election Officer (DEO) within 30 days of the declaration of the result of the election”. Disposing the writ petition, the bench directed the Law Commission and Union Law Secretary to look into the matter and make necessary amendments.

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