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Delhi High Court asks Poll Body to file affidavit on parties’ expenditure

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New Delhi, May 1 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the Election Commission to file an affidavit indicating its powers to ensure implementation or enforcement of its guidelines regarding disclosure of expenditure by political parties.

A division bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Anup Jairam Bhambhani said that if the poll panel fails to file its reply, then the court will take a call as the matter has been pending for the last five years

It listed the matter for further hearing on July 16.

The court had in February directed the Election Commission to file the affidavit, which has not been complied with so far. It had then observed that the poll panel seems helpless in implementing the guidelines on ‘Transparency and Accountability in Party Funds and Election Expenditure’.

The court was hearing a petition filed by NGO Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) requesting for a process of regular submission of election expenditure statements by political parties.

The ADR, in its petition, has recommended the implementation of the recommendations made in the Law Commission’s Report on Electoral Reforms, to introduce a ceiling on expenditure by parties.

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