Kathmandu, September 5
The Election Commission has estimated that it needs Rs 10.27 billion to conduct the provincial and parliamentary elections slated for November 26 and December 7.
The EC stated that the amount would be utilised for making logistics arrangement, spreading awareness about polls, procuring electoral materials and human resources and training poll staff.
Addressing mediapersons here today, Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhi Prasad Yadav said the poll panel would write to the government seeking budget for the provincial and parliamentary polls.
He added that the EC’s poll budget estimate did not include cost of security arrangements for elections, as that did not fall under its jurisdiction.
The poll panel, which had sought Rs 10.30 billion for the local level elections, spent about Rs 7 billion in the first and second phases of civic elections. CEC Yadav said the EC had returned Rs 3 billion to the government and sought Rs 1.85 billion for the third phase of local level elections.