India most expensive Lok Sabha election leaves behind America
The 17th Lok Sabha election of the world’s largest democracy is the most expensive election in the world. According to the Center for Media Studies (CMS), New Delhi, the total expenditure of this election, which is being conducted in seven phases, is about 50 thousand crore rupees ($ 7 billion). Open secret According to ORG, the US Presidential election in 2016 was less than $ 6.5 billion dollars.
40 percent increase
According to CMS estimates, the 2014 Lok Sabha election expenditure was about $ 5 billion. This expenditure has increased 40 percent in the 17th Lok Sabha elections held in 2019 after five years.
Spent eight dollars per voter
In which country’s sixty per cent population lives on three dollars a day, an average of eight dollars per voter perpetuates democracy. The highest spend is in the form of social media, travel and advertising. In 2014, only Rs 250 crore was spent on social media, this time the expenditure has gone up to Rs 5000 crore.
According to Zenith India, 26 billion rupees in the 17th Lok Sabha election can be spent only for advertising purposes. According to the Election Commission estimates, in 2014, both the main parties had spent about 12 billion rupees on advertising.
According to the states, a candidate can spend between 50 lakh and 70 lakhs in the Lok Sabha elections. Except Arunachal Pradesh, Goa and Sikkim, any candidate can spend up to 70 lakhs in any election in any state. The expenditure limit in the three states above 54 lakh. For the Delhi, this limit is 70 lakh and for other Union Territories 54 lakhs. The limit for the assembly elections is between 20 lakh and 28 lakh. These include the total expenditure incurred in the election campaign of any candidate, whether it be a supporter of his or a political party. After the election is completed, all the candidates have to give their expenditure details to the Election Commission within 30 days.
Increasing election expenses
According to the Election Commission, the expenditure of the first three Lok Sabha elections was less than or equal to 10 crore rupees. After that, the total expenditure was less than 100 crores till the eighth Lok Sabha election in 1984-85. In 1996, for the first time in the eleventh Lok Sabha election, the figure crossed five hundred crore rupees. By the end of the 15th Lok Sabha elections in 2004, this expenditure exceeded one thousand crore rupees. The expenditure in 2014 was about three times more than the expenditure of Rs. 3870 crores.