SMC poll: Candidates face ban for not submitting spending details : The Tribune India
Shimla, April 7
A candidate running for municipal elections will henceforth be disqualified for five years if he fails to produce the account of the election expenses he has incurred or if he incurs expenses exceeding the prescribed limit. The ban will also make him ineligible to run in the next elections.
In the Himachal Pradesh Municipal Corporation (Disqualification of Officers of the Board) Rules, 2022, notified by the State Election Commission here on Tuesday, the commission also listed the competent authority – the Director of Urban Development – to make action against the offenders and the Divisional Commissioner responsible for hearing the applicant’s appeal.
Under the rules, any candidate aggrieved by the Director’s Order may appeal to the appropriate Divisional Commissioner within 30 days of the Director’s Order being passed. The Divisional Commissioner will decide the appeal within six months and his order will be final.
If found guilty of flouting the rules, the candidate will be disqualified for five years from contesting the elections from the date of this order.
Appointed Competent Authority
In the Himachal Pradesh Municipality’s 2022 rules (disqualification of officers from office), notified by the state election commission on Tuesday, the commission listed the competent authority – the director of urban development – to take action against the offenders and the Divisional Commissioner to hear the candidate’s appeal.