Expenditure observer Mahesh Yadav has recently submitted a report to the Election Commission (ECI) mentioning that guidelines laid down by the ECI were being flouted by political parties in Fatehgarh Sahib and the local administration had failed to keep an eye on candidates’ expenditure.
According to sources, the report submitted by the expenditure observer says that the guidelines of the commission were not being followed properly in the Fatehgarh Sahib constituency.
The sources further added that the expenditure observer observed violation of guidelines laid down by the ECI.
The expenditure observer keeps an eye on the expenses of the candidates being spent in the election which related to rallies or any money-related expense spent by the candidates.
Additional chief electoral officer Punjab, Raminder Singh said:”We have got a report from the commission saying that the ECI expenditure guidelines are not being followed properly in the Fatehgarh Sahib constituency.”
“We have asked the district returning officer-cum-deputy commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, to give comments on the commission report.”
“Once we get the comments from the district returning officer, we will submit the report to the election commission,” added Raminder Singh.
Chief electoral officer Punjab VK Singh confirmed the development and said that they had got a report mentioning that discrepancies were observed by the expenditure observer in Fatehgarh Sahib which he had brought to the notice of the commission.
“The report is confidential and at this moment we cannot disclose it but we are verifying the discrepancies mentioned in the report.”
When contacted, expenditure observer Mahesh Yadav disconnected calls repeatedly by saying that he was not authorised to talk to mediapersons as per the guidelines of the commission.
However, returning officercum- deputy commissioner here Arun Sekhri said that they had not got any report from the election commission so far related to any discrepancies.