Elections expenses stand Rs 131 billion


Kathmandu, July 16 . Total expenses incurred by the government and candidates during the elections at local, provincial and federal tiers stood Rs 131.6 billion.

A study report on election expenses made public by Nepal Election Observation Committee (NEOC) today revealed that the government spent Rs 34.7 billion while the candidates and their well-wishers incurred remaining 96.9 billion during elections.

Total 148,362 candidates were in competition for 35,321 posts in local level elections while 11,020 candidates were in fray for 825 posts in last elections to the State Assembly and House of Representatives.

NEOC had undertaken the study on local level poll expenses in Kathmandu, Morang, Dang and Jajarkot districts. Likewise, some 31 districts were selected to carry out study on election spending in the elections to provincial and federal parliaments, reads a statement.
The districts were selected based on geographical and demographic parameters.