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How much will the Lok Sabha elections cost? Read interesting information about the expenditure incurred in the first election in the report

The biggest election of the country i.e. Lok Sabha Election 2024 is going to be held. All the political parties are finalizing their preparations after the announcement of election dates by the Election Commission. Both BJP and Congress have announced their list of candidates.
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The biggest election of the country i.e. Lok Sabha Election 2024 is going to be held. All the political parties are finalizing their preparations after the announcement of election dates by the Election Commission. Both BJP and Congress have announced their list of candidates. Apart from this, SP, RLD and AAP have also announced candidates.

Do you know how much it will cost to conduct Lok Sabha Election 2024? Also, who will bear this cost? Find answers to all questions in this report…

10.5 crore rupees were spent in the first election.

The central government bears the cost of general elections in the country. The first general elections were held in the country after independence in 1951. 10.5 crore rupees were spent in this election. In the year 1951 there were 17.32 crore voters which increased to 91.2 crore in the year 2019. According to the Election Commission, 98 crore voters will cast their votes in this general election. According to the Election Commission, 3870 crore rupees were spent in conducting the general elections in 2014.

An allocation of Rs 2,442.85 crore was made in the interim budget

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had allocated Rs 2,442.85 crore for election expenses in the Interim Budget 2024. In which 1000 crore rupees will be spent in the Lok Sabha elections. 34.84 crore rupees have been allocated in the budget for EVMs. In the year 2014, the Election Commission purchased 3.82 lakh ballot papers and 2.5 lakh machines. Many of these still work as EVMs have a lifespan of around 15 years. In the year 2018 and 2013, the Election Commission purchased 13 lakh ballot units and 10 lakh control units.

Rs 321.89 crore was allocated to the Election Commission

In the interim budget, 321.89 crore rupees have been allocated to the Election Commission for conducting elections. In which Rs 306.6 crores have been allocated for elections and Rs 2.01 crores for public works and administrative services while Rs 13.82 crores have been allocated. In fact, election related expenses are paid to both the Election Commission and the Law Ministry. Election expenses like purchase of EVM machines come under the Law Ministry's budget. The Election Commission has not disclosed the amount spent for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

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