Section 77 Account of election expenses and maximum thereof - Representation of the People Act, 1951
What is the rule for Account of election expenses and maximum thereof?
Section 77 of Representation of the People Act, 1951
Section 77 : Account of election expenses and maximum thereof
(1) Every candidate at an election shall, either by himself or by his
election agent, keep a separate and correct account of all expenditure in
connection with the election incurred or authorized by him or by his election
agent between the date on which he has been nominated and the date of
declaration of the result thereof, both dates inclusive.
Explanation 1.-For the removal of doubts, it is hereby declared that-
(a) the expenditure incurred by leaders of a political party on account of
travel by air or by any other means of transport for propagating programme of
the political party shall not be deemed to be the expenditure in connection with
the election incurred or authorised by a candidate of that political party or
his election agent for the purposes of this sub-section.
(b) any expenditure incurred in respect of any arrangements made, facilities
provided or any other act or thing done by any person in the service of the
Government and belonging to any of the classes mentioned in clause (7) of
section 123 in the discharge or purported discharge of his official duty as
mentioned in the proviso to that clause shall not be deemed to be expenditure in
connection with the election incurred or authorised by a candidate or by his
election agent for the purposes of this sub-section.
Explanation 2.-For the purposes of clause (a) of Explanation 1, the
expression "leaders of a political party", in respect of any election, means,-
(i) where such political party is a recognised political party, such persons
not exceeding forty in number, and
(ii) where such political party is other than a recognised political party,
such persons not exceeding twenty in number, whose names have been communicated
to the Election Commission and the Chief Electoral Officers of the States by the
political party to be leaders for the purposes of such election, within a period
of seven days from the date of the notification for such election published in
the Gazette of India or Official Gazette of the State, as the case may be, under
Provided that a political party may, in the case where any of the persons
referred to in clause (i) or, as the case may be, in clause (ii) dies or ceases
to be a member of such political party, by further communication to the Election
Commission and the Chief Electoral Officers of the States, substitute new name,
during the period ending immediately before forty-eight hours ending with the
hour fixed for the conclusion of the last poll for such election, for the name
of such person died or ceased to be a member, for the purposes of designating
the new leader in his place.
(2) The account shall contain such particulars, as may be prescribed.
(3) The total of the said expenditure shall not exceed such amount as may be