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Activist complains to Election Commission of India over election expenditure

Saturday, 26 July 2014 - 10:58am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

  • RTI-Activist-Vishwanath-Choudhari RTI Activist Vishwanath Choudhari dna Correspondent dna

Pune: Activist Vishwambhar Choudhari has filed an online complaint to the Election Commission of India (ECI). He has pointed out that neither the websites of any of the political parties nor that of the ECI have displayed the details of expenditure of party candidates and the parties during the recently held Lok Sabha elections.
Speaking to dna over phone, Choudhari told that the Aam Adami Party (AAP) has given the details of the donors by displaying a list of donors on its website. He said that the candidates are supposed to submit their details of expenditure to the ECI within one month, but the ECI website is not showing any such details. Choudhari also said that AAP has given the details of donors along with their donation amount, but even this party has not displayed the details of expenditure during the Lok Sabha polls.

When contacted, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) city unit president and Rajya Sabha MP Vandana Chavan said that NCP was always for transparency. The party has maintained the same during the Lok Sabha elections. She told that whatever was necessary as per the Constitution has been done, and the necessary information has been provided to the ECI in stipulated time.
Subhash Ware, the AAP candidate said that he has submitted details of his election expenditure to ECI in stipulated time, and these details along with the donor's list can be seen by anyone as it is available at the AAP Pune office. As far as the party's expenditure is considered, Ware said, "AAP state unit is compiling this information from all the candidates in the state, and it is going to be put on the party's website soon.'
BJP Western Maharashtra spokesperson Shripad Dhekane when contacted, said that as far as expenditure of the candidate is concerned, it has been submitted to the ECI in the stipulated timeframe. He said that the state unit of the party is in contact with the Election Commission with respect to party's expenditure, and once the ECI approves expenditure of the party after clarifying on any technical aspects as per ECI queries, it would be put on the party's website.
Congress candidate Vishwajeet Kadam when contacted, said that he has submitted his expenditure and other details during the election to the ECI in stipulated time frame. As far as the party's expenditure is concerned, he said,

"the state unit is taking care of it, and the party would maintain due transparency in this." Choudhari has appealed the citizens to file a complaint with the ECI and seek the information from the parties and elected representatives.

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