ISLAMABAD, May 13 (APP): The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday asked the winning candidates of national and provincial assemblies to submit their returns of election expenses with returning officers till May 21. “Section 42(3A) of the Representation of the People Act, 1976, read with Section 50 and Rule 30 of the Representation of the People (Conduct of Election) Rule, 1977, requires every candidate returned to the National Assembly and provincial assemblies to submit to the returning officer concerned, a return of election expenses within 10 days from the poll of an election”, said the ECP in a statement here.
The ECP said,”Under the law “election expenses” means any expenditure incurred before, during and after an election or payment made, whether by way of gift,
loan, advance, deposit or otherwise, for the arrangements, conduct or
benefit of, or in connection with, or incidental to, the election of a
candidate including the expenditure on account of issuing circulars or
publications, aims or objects, but does not include the security deposit
required to be made, under section 13 of the Representation of the
People Act, 1976.
“The return should be submitted to the returning officer on Forum No. XVII prescribed for this purpose, alongwith an affidavit in the prescribed form (Form-XIX) duty sworn by the returned candidate. The forms prescribed for the return of election expenses are available with the returning officers. Typed or hand-written forms can also be used.
return in the prescribed form should contain a statement of all
payments made by the returned candidate together with all bills and
receipts, a statement of all disputed claims, a statement of all unpaid
claims, if any, and a statement of all moneys, securities or equivalent
of money received from or spent by any person for the benefit of the
candidate specifying the name of every such person.
election expenses of a contesting candidate for election to a seat in
the National Assembly shall not exceed Rs 1.5 million and and to a seat
in the provincial assembly shall not exceed Rs 1 million.
“All vouchers should accompany the account of election expenses, duly arranged according to the date of payment and serially numbered and such serial numbers should be entered in the appropriate column of the relevant account.
shall not be necessary, while rendering account to the returning
officer, to give particulars of the payees in regard to items of
expenditure for which receipts are not required to be obtained under
section 49(5) of the Act.
return of election expenses and documents submitted therewith shall be
kept open to public inspection at the office of the returning officers
for a period of one year from the date of their receipt.
“The returning officers shall allow inspection or issue copies thereof to any person making an application in this behalf on payment of the prescribed fees.
“The returned candidates are hereby informed that the returns of election expenses alongwith the supporting documents are not to be filed with the Election Commission or with the offices of the Provincial Election Commissioners but only these are to be filed by due date with the Returning Officers concerned.
“Contravention of the provisions of section 49 with regard to the limit of
election expenses is a “corrupt practice’” within the meaning of
section 78 and the failure with regard to submission of the return of
election expenses within ten days from the poll of an election to the
National Assembly/Provincial Assemblies, as laid down under section 50
of the Act, is an “illegal practices” within the meaning of section 83
of the Act.
“In both the eventualities, the returned candidates makes himself liableto the legal penalties, which can lead to conviction.
the returned candidates are, therefore, advised in their own interest,
that they should take care to file the election expenses returns
alongwith necessary vouchers, receipts and the affidavit with the
Returning Officers with the ten days from the poll or latest by May 21
“No extension of time limit for the submission of election expenses returns is permissible under the law.
“It is further clarified that the names of returned candidates who fall to submit their return with statutory time shall not be published/notified in the Official Gazette.”