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Highest poll expenditure fixed at Tk 25 lakh

Published : Saturday, 10 November, 2018 at 12:00 AM  Count : 540

The Election Commission (EC) has fixed the maximum election expenditure of a candidate according to the number of voters in his/her constituency.
A candidate can spend Tk10 on average on a voter in the 11th parliamentary election.
But it fixed the highest
expenditure at Tk25 lakh for a candidate whatsoever the number of voters is. The Election Commission issued a notification in this regard on Friday.
An average of Tk 8 was estimated per voter in the 10th parliamentary election.
Meanwhile, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda announced on Thursday that the election would be held on December 23 across the country.
According to the notification, as per the Representation of the People Order (RPO) 44 B (3), the EC has fixed the spending at Tk10 per voter in 11th parliamentary elections. But the condition is the expenditure cannot go beyond a total of Tk25 lakh.
While reviewing the voter list this correspondent found the highest number of voters 7.50 lakh, in two Dhaka constituencies. There are five to six lakh voters in at least eight constituencies while the average number of voters is three to four lakh in 50 constituencies across the country.
Sources said, the highest spending was estimated to be Tk25 lakh in the biggest constituency. At present the country's lowest voter is 178,785 in Jhalokathi-1 constituency where the expenditure was estimated to be Tk17.87 lakh.
The highest number of voters is 747,301 in Dhaka-19 constituency where the average expenditure on a voter stands at Tk3.35.
According to the draft list published earlier, a total of 101,440,601 voters were counted till January 31 of 2016.
After the update, a total of 3,332,593 new voters were added to the list. Of them, 1,632,971 are male voters and 1,699,622 are female.
On the other hand, 1,748,934 deceased voters were excluded from the updated list. So currently there are 104,051,883 people listed as voters in total.

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