Thursday, 24 June 2010 9:21 AM

Candidates Told to Keep Within $50,000 in Spending

The Electoral Commission has appealed to intending candidates of the upcoming 2010 General Elections to keep within the $50,000 dollars candidate expenditure limit.

Spending over the $50,000 dollar mark had plagued past elections and is also being blamed for the current corrupt practices of buying goods, chartering ships or dishing out money to voters ahead of elections.

Speaking to local media yesterday, Commission Chairman Sir Peter Kenilorea said winning candidates are expected to submit reports to the Speaker of Parliament after the elections but overall "election cost is based on trust."

Sir Peter said that the Electoral Commission will only act if complaints on the issue are raised to the Speaker's Office after the elections.

The Electoral Chairman has however admitted that the $50,000 dollar limit is an unfair expenditure limit in the current financial climate and needs to be reviewed.
The Electoral Commission has appealed to intending candidates of the upcoming 2010 General Elections to keep within the $50,000 dollars candidate expenditure limit.

Spending over the $50,000 dollar mark had plagued past elections and is also being blamed for the current corrupt practices of buying goods, chartering ships or dishing out money to voters ahead of elections.

Speaking to local media yesterday, Commission Chairman Sir Peter Kenilorea said winning candidates are expected to submit reports to the Speaker of Parliament after the elections but election cost is based on trust.

Sir Peter said that the Electoral Commission will only act if complaints on the issue are raised to the Speaker's Office after the elections.

The Electoral Chairman has however said that the $50,000 dollar limit is an unfair expenditure limit in the current financial climate and needs to be reviewed.

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