Travel cost of star campaigners to be included in expense of political party

Ranchi: The election commission of India has fixed the number of star campaigners for recognized political parties at 40 while for other political parties it cannot be more than 20. Additional chief electoral officer Vinay Kumar Choubey said that it during the election process the list of the star campaigners of the political parties and other smaller parties are being provided to the returning officer at district electoral officer and expense observers which would be uploaded on the website.

Mr Choubey said that the flights and other modes of transportation to be used by the star campaigners for addressing the rallies would be included in the expense of the political parties however if any candidate or their polling agent participates in a public rally or public meeting then the expense on that public meeting or rally would be included in the account of the candidate. He said that if the banner, posters or candidate are put on public places and the name of the star campaigners is featured on the list than apart from the traveling expense all the other cost would be included in that of the expense of the candidate. He said that incase one or more than two share the dias with the star campaigners than the expense would be divided among the two candidates. He said that the cost of the security guard, medical assistant, party member or representative of press and media accompany with the star campaigners than the same would be included in the expenses of the political parties. 

On the other hand, the expense of the residence and food will be included in the expenditure of the candidate. Mr Choubey pointed out that if the star campaigner consumes food in one constituency and also campaigns in other constituency than the cost of food and residence would be divided among the candidates. 

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