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Election Commission spent crores on sending voter list to candidates, Supreme Court sought answer as soon as the petition was filed

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In the last election, the Election Commission spent Rs 47,84,38,000
Make alternatives to avoid heavy expenditure and use of large amounts of paper

New Delhi. The Supreme Court has sought response from the Central Government and others on a petition challenging certain provisions of the Electoral Registration Rules, 1960. Under these rules, the Election Commission is bound to provide two copies of the electoral roll to each contesting candidate.

The PIL filed by two advocates has also sought to present an alternative to avoid the huge expenditure and use of large amount of paper. It has been alleged in the petition that the country has to bear an expenditure of about Rs 47,84 crore for printing the electoral rolls and transmitting them to the candidates of recognized parties contesting the elections.

In the last election, the Election Commission spent Rs 47,84,38,000
A bench of Chief Justice UU Lalit and Justice Bela M Trivedi has issued notice to the Center and the Chief Election Commissioner on a petition challenging rules 11 ‘C’ and 22 ‘C’ of the Electoral Registration Rules 1960. “As per the terms and conditions of these rules, the Election Commission is bound to provide to each contesting candidate two copies of the electoral rolls, which are assigned as one symbol in accordance with the rules,” the bench said. Also, following these rules, the Election Commission had spent Rs 47,84,38,000 in the last election.

Make alternatives to avoid heavy expenditure and use of large amounts of paper
The bench said, “Therefore, the validity of these rules has been challenged and inter alia, it has been asked that an alternative should be devised to avoid the use of huge amount of paper along with huge expenditure.” The matter will be heard on 28 November 2022. The apex court was hearing a petition filed by advocates Hargyan Singh Gehlot and Sanjana Gehlot, challenging the rules 11 ‘C’ and 22 ‘C’ of the Electoral Registration Rules 1960.

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