Ceiling of Rs 1.4m proposed for candidates in federal parliamentary elections

  • Get News Alerts

The Election Commission has proposed a ceiling of Rs 1.40 million for candidates contesting the upcoming federal parliamentary elections under the first-past-the-post (FPTP) system.

The ceiling of expenditure has been reached at by mainly taking the number of voters, market price of campaign materials and inflation into consideration, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Ayodhi Prasad Yadav told the leaders the commission had summoned at the Election premises on Thursday to discuss election expenses.

Clause 24 of the Election Commission Act 2017 has the provision allowing the Election Commission to set ceiling for election expenses by the candidates. The ceiling was Rs 1 million during the second Constituent Assembly (CA) election held in 2013.

The ceiling has been increased as the geographical area and population of the constituencies both have increased with the number of electoral constituencies reduced to 165 from 240 in the last election, according to the Election Commission.  

CEC Yadav told the leaders that a rational ceiling can be decided on the basis of recommendations by the political parties.

The leaders, on their part, advised the Election Commission to determine a practical ceiling for expenses. Nepali Congress (NC) leader Minendra Rizal said the party is not in favor of high election expenses and advised the Election Commission to also pay special attention toward implementation of the ceiling for expenses.

CPN-UML leader Agni Kharel also urged the commission to set a practical and natural ceiling. Nava Raj Subedi of Naya Shakti Nepal said the party favors the provision allowing the parties to spend in proportion to the votes they secure.

Prem Suwal of Nepal Workers and Peasants Party said the party's attention has been seriously drawn toward exorbitant expenses by candidates and parties.

The first phase of election for federal and provincial assemblies will be held in  32 districts on November 26 and the second phase in 45 districts on December 7.


More News


  • Amendment of Education Act: A betrayal to capable candidates Amendment of Education Act: A betrayal to capable candidates

    Not all, but many of the temporary teachers who have been wishing to become permanent, no doubt, appointed on the basis of their political ideologies. They couldn't succeed in the examinations despite repeated attempts. They carried the bags of those parties during their teaching career.

    Manoj Sapkota

  • The Doklam dilemma The Doklam dilemma

    Being a buffer state between the two giant neighbors, Nepal should conduct its foreign policy vis-à-vis China and India in a very sensitive manner. Nepal has always maintained that it would not allow its soil to be used against any neighbor. At the same time, Nepal should make sure that its own national interests are never compromised.

    Gaurab Shumsher Thapa


  • The regional integration initiatives & Nepal The regional integration initiatives & Nepal

    For the small landlocked economies, such as Nepal, regional integration is more of a necessity than a policy option. The ideal way forward for Nepal to gain most out of the economic integration would be to identify the key areas in which Nepal could contribute and facilitate the promotion of those sectors.

    Sujan Adhikari

  • Repercussions of extreme materialism through the lens of American history Repercussions of extreme materialism through the lens of American history

    The invaders started embracing community values that helped them evolve from plunderers to freedom fighters. The alliance of the tribes “Iroquois Federate” became the basis for the government system of US that helped resist tyrannical British power for independence.

    Sanjaya Gajurel

Readers Column

  • Traffic Police in Kathmandu

    As busy and hassling as the traffic system in Kathmandu is, the Traffic Police here have to handle an equally strenuous job. Over 1,400 traffic officers in and around the Kathmandu Valley battle against the pestering traffic and air pollution each day.

  • Menstrual taboo outdated

    I have seen my sisters and friends isolated and treated in discriminatory manner during their first menstruation cycle. They were not allowed to look at the sun, to touch water source, flower, fruits, any male family member, nor even hear their voice. The activist may claim the situation has changed and I do agree but still during every month my loved ones turns into untouchables beings.