Press Release: Analysis of Election Expenditure statements of MLAs from the Uttarakhand Assembly Elections 2022

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                                                                                                                Date: June 1, 2022
 
Dear Friends, 

According to Section 78 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, every contesting candidate has to lodge a true copy of his election expenses within 30 days from the date of declaration of result of election, with the District Election Officer in all States and Union Territories. Uttarakhand Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analysed 65 out of 70 election expenditure statements submitted after the Uttarakhand Assembly Election 2022 for newly elected MLAs. The expenditure limit for the MLAs during the Uttarakhand Assembly elections was Rs. 40 lakhs. These election expense documents include details of expenses on public meetings and processions, campaigning through electronic and print media, expense on campaign workers, expense on vehicles used and expense on campaign materials.


Recommendations:

1.       Each Winner is required to file his election expenditure statement within 30 days of the results of the elections, the deadline in case of the Uttarakhand Assembly Elections being the 11th April 2022. However, it was observed that the election expenditure statements of the Winners were not uploaded on the CEO/DEO’s website till significantly after the deadline. It is recommended that the Abstract Expenditure Statement (Annexure E2) of the MLAs is uploaded on the website of the CEO within 72 hours of the receipt of the statement.

2.       The deadline for filing an election petition against any Winner is 45 days after the declaration of the results. Generally, MLAs submit their election expenditure statements towards the end of the 30 days given for submission of the statements. This leaves 15 days for any common citizen to file an election petition against any Winner. The deadline for filing an election petition should be increased in order to give the citizens time to scrutinize the election expenditure statements of the MLAs and gather the relevant documents/proof etc. for the election petition.

3.       As has been instated in the filing of affidavits during the elections, the MLAs should not be allowed to keep any field blank on the Abstract Election Expenditure statement (Annexure E2) and Schedule 1 to 10. The statements must be filled in a legible format and overwriting of amounts in the statement should be discouraged.

Summary and Highlights of Election Expenses of MLAs from the Uttarakhand Assembly 2022 Elections

1.      Less than 50% of the Limit:  Out of 65 MLAs analysed, 21 (32%)  MLAs have declared election expenses less than 50% of the expense limit in their constituency.

2.      Average Election Expenses: Based on the election expense declarations of 65 MLAs from Uttarakhand Assembly, the average amount of money spent by them in the elections is Rs 22.62 lakhs, which is 57% of the expense limit.

3.      Party-wise Average Election Expenses: The party-wise average election expenses shows that the average spending for 43 MLAs from BJP is Rs.23.02 lakhs (57.6% of the expense limit). For 19 MLAs from INC, the average election expenditure is Rs.22.56 lakhs (56.4% of the expense limit), the average election expenditure for 2 MLAs from BSP is Rs.9.43 lakhs (23.6% of the expense limit) and 1 Independent MLA has spent Rs.33.14 lakhs (82.9% of the expense limit).

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Figure: Party-wise Average Election Expenses (Rs.in lakhs)

4.      Top 3 MLAs with highest Election Expenses: The details of top 3 MLAs who have declared highest election expenses are given below:

S.No.

Name

District

Constituency

Party

Expense Limit (Rs.)

Total expenses
incurred (Rs.)

% of limit reached

1

Mayukh Mahar

Pithoragarh

Pithoragarh

INC

40,00,000
 40 Lacs+

35,85,627
 35 Lacs+

90%

2

Umesh Kumar

Haridwar

Khanpur

IND

40,00,000
 40 Lacs+

33,14,458
 33 Lacs+

83%

3

Mohan Singh

Almora

Jageshwar

BJP

40,00,000
 40 Lacs+

32,74,791
 32 Lacs+

82%

Table: Top 3 MLAs with highest election expenditure

5.      MLAs with lowest Election Expenses:   The details of 3 MLAs who have declared lowest election expenses are given below:

S.No.

Name

District

Constituency

Party

Expense Limit (Rs.)

Total expenses 
incurred (Rs.)

% of limit reached

1

Sarwat Kareem Ansari

Haridwar

Manglore

BSP

40,00,000
 40 Lacs+

**7,52,930
 7 Lacs+

19%

2

Er. Ravi Bahadur

Haridwar

Jwalapur (SC)

INC

40,00,000
 40 Lacs+

**10,76,037
 10 Lacs+

27%

3

Shahzad

Haridwar

Laksar

BSP

40,00,000
 40 Lacs+

**11,33,960
 11 Lacs+

28%

Table: 3 MLAs with lowest election expenditure
**on total expenses value indicates that the MLA has not provided the total in their expenditure affidavits, it has been calculated on the basis of details provided by them in the same

 6.      Expense on Public Meeting, Rally, and Processions with Star Campaigners: Out of the 65 MLAs analyzed, 48(74%) MLAs have declared that they have spent funds on public meetings, processions etc. with star campaigners and 17(26%) MLAs have declared that they have not spent any funds on public meetings, processions etc. with star campaigners.

7.      Expense on Public Meeting, Rally, and Processions without Star Campaigners: Out of the 65 MLAs analyzed, 61 (94%) MLAs have declared that they have spent funds on public meetings, processions etc. without star campaigners and 4(6%) MLAs have declared that they have not spent any funds on public meetings, processions etc. without star campaigners.

8.      Expense on Campaigning through electronic/print media: 53(82%) MLAs have declared that they have spent funds on campaigning through electronic/print media and 12 (18%) MLAs have declared that they have not spent any funds on campaigning through electronic/print media.

9.      Expense on Campaign Workers: 54(83%) MLAs have declared that they have spent funds on campaign workers and 11 (17%) MLAs have declared that they have not spent any funds on campaign workers.

10.      Expense on Campaign Materials: 58(89%) MLAs have declared that they have spent funds on campaign materials and 7 (11%) MLAs have declared that they have not spent any funds on campaign materials.

11.       Expense on Campaign Vehicles: 64(98%) MLAs have declared that they have spent funds on campaign vehicles and 1 (2%) MLA has declared that he has not spent funds on campaign vehicles.

12.      Expense on Publishing of Declaration Regarding Criminal Cases: A total 17 MLAs have analysed with declared criminal cases, out of these 17 MLAs all 17 (100%) MLAs have declared that they have spent funds on publishing of declarations regarding criminal cases.


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Figure: Break Down of Elections Expenses Incurred by MLAs

Summary and Highlights of Funds Raised by MLAs in the Uttarakhand Assembly 2022 Elections


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Figure: Percentage Break-down of  Funds Raised by MLAs

1.       Percentage break-down of funds received by MLAs: Out of the total funds received by MLAs, 68% funds were raised from political parties, 20% were raised by MLAs themselves and 12% funds were raised from other sources.

2.       MLAs Who Raised Funds from Political Parties: Out of the 65 MLAs analyzed, 57 (88%) MLAs have declared that they have received funds from political parties and 8 (12%) MLAs have declared that they have not received any funds from political parties.

3.       MLAs Who Raised Funds through any person/ company/ firm/ associations/ body of persons etc as loan, gift or donation etc: Out of the 65 MLAs analyzed, 37 (57%) MLAs have declared that they have received funds from any person/ company/ firm/ associations/ body of persons etc as loan, gift or donation etc. and 28 (43%) MLAs have declared that they have not received any funds from any person/ company/ firm/ associations/ body of persons etc as loan, gift or donation etc.

4.       Self-funds used for election campaign: Out of the 65 MLAs analyzed, 57 (88%) MLAs have declared that they have used their own funds for their election campaign and 8(12%) MLAs have declared that they have not used any of their own funds for their election campaign.

5.       Average funds raised from Political Parties (Party-wise): On an average a MLA from INC raised 73.05% and on an average a MLA from BJP raised 70.72% of his/her election expense funds from the political party.

6.       Average funds raised through any person/company/firm/associations/body of persons etc as loan, gift or donation etc (Party-wise): On an average a MLA from BJP raised 11.13% of his/her election expense funds from any person/company/firm/associations/body of persons etc. as loan, gift or donation. Similarly, a MLA from INC raised on an average 12.40% of their expense funds from any person/ company/ firm/ associations/ body of persons etc. as loan, gift or donation. 

Contact Details

Uttarakhand Election Watch

Mr. BP Maithani

Coordinator
+91-9012878346
maith...@yahoo.com

 

Mr. Manoj Dhyani

Coordinator

+91-9756201936

+91-9412145589

rtinewsin...@gmail.com

 

Association for Democratic Reforms/National Election Watch

Media and Journalist Helpline

 

+91 80103 94248

Email: a...@adrindia.org

Maj.Gen. Anil Verma (Retd)

Head

Association for Democratic Reforms,

National Election Watch

011 4165 4200,

+91 88264 79910

a...@adrindia.org,

anil...@adrindia.org

Prof Jagdeep Chhokar

IIM Ahmedabad (Retd.)

Founder Member,

Association for Democratic Reforms,

National Election Watch

jchh...@gmail.com

Prof Trilochan Sastry

IIM Bangalore

Founder Member,

Association for Democratic Reforms,

National Election Watch

+91 94483 53285

tsa...@gmail.com


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