State Election Commission revises candidates’ expenditure limit ahead of Municipal Polls

Bhubaneswar: The State Election Commission has revised the limit of candidates ahead of Municipal polls in Odisha.

Reportedly, the expenditure limit has been revised that may be incurred by a candidate either by himself or through any person authorized by him for election as Councillor/ Corporator/ Chairperson/ Mayor to a NAC/ Municipality/ Municipal Corporation.

The decision has been taken after consulting with State Government in the exercise of the powers conferred under Sub-Section (1) of Section 17-A of the Odisha Municipal Act, 1950 and Section-82 of Odisha Municipal Corporation Act, 2003.

Sl. No. NACs/ Municipality / Municipal Corporation Maximum limit of election expenses by a candidate for Councillor/Corporator Maximum limit of election expenses by a candidate for Chairperson/Mayor
i. NACs/Municipalities having a population up to 50,000 Rs.50,000/- Rs.2,00,000/-
ii. Municipalities having a population between 50,000 to 1,00,000 Rs.75,000/- Rs.3,00,000/-
iii. Municipalities having a population above 1,00,000 Rs. 1,00,000/- Rs.5,00,000/-
iv. Municipal Corporation Rs.2,00,000/- Rs.12,00,000/-


It is to be noted that earlier on Monday, State Election Commissioner Aditya Prasad Padhi had informed that the Covid restrictions for the upcoming three-tier panchayat polls have been relaxed.

The door-to-door campaign has been allowed with 20 persons, including the candidate and the public meetings can be organized by the Political Parties/Contesting Candidates with the prior permission of the appropriate authority with a maximum of 300 persons in open ground with strict adherence to Covid protocols.

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