Nepal poll panel says election costs were within limit

April 19th, 2008 - 9:14 pm ICT by admin  

Kathmandu, Apr 19 (ANI): The Election Commission (EC) of Nepal has said the April 10 Constituent Assembly election costs were well within the limit of its budget estimate.

According to the EC, the total amount spent so far in election programmes had not exceeded 2.73 billion rupees, the estimated budget for the election.

The commission added that 75 district election offices and the offices of election officers in 240 constituencies would conduct thorough auditing of their spending and then send the details to the centre.

EC spokesperson Laxman Bhattarai said that the commission would start assessing the costs as soon as it completes the election works.

Reports say the total costs of the CA election, including the money spent by national and international observation missions, could cross six billion rupees, but Bhattarai said the EC had no information regarding the money spent by other agencies.

Meanwhile, the EC has completed repolling in all stations where election had been cancelled on April 10. (ANI)

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