3-fold budget for next city polls
18 March 2015, Nirapad News: Election Commission (EC) has sought for a three times higher budget allocation for upcoming polls of Dhaka South and North and Chittagong city corporations than that of the previous polls, said sources concerned.
According to EC’s Budget Branch, authorities concerned have already taken an allocation of Tk 45-crore for Dhaka North and South city corporations from finance ministry.
Of the amount, the EC is moving ahead with an estimated budget of Tk 40-crore for poll arrangements. The commission has asked Tk 5-crore more to meet any unexpected cost.
During the last city corporation polls in 2002, the commission had spent a total of Tk 13-crore for erstwhile Dhaka City Corporation, now split into Dhaka North City Corporation and Dhaka South City Corporation.
This time, the EC is likely to spend an estimated budget of Tk 45-crore for the upcoming polls of the two city corporations.
On the other hand, a budget of Tk 7-crore was expensed for the last poll of Chittagong City Corporation in 2010 while a budget of Tk 20-crore has been estimated for the upcoming poll.
A budget of Tk 60-crore has been estimated as poll expenditure for the three city corporations, which was Tk 20-crore during previous polls.
EC senior assistant secretary Enamul Haque told the three times-higher budget has been estimated due to the increase of election equipment expenses and hiked prices of goods and commodities.
Apart from this, honorarium of polling officers has also been increased by three-fold. But most part of the poll budget is set to spend for the law enforcing agencies.
According to the official, Tk 35-crore out of Tk 60-crore of the estimated budget will be spent for the different law enforcing agencies and rest Tk 25-crore will be used for election management.
However, the budget allocation may somewhat go up and down. If lawperson deployment increases the budget amount will increase and if the deployment decreases the amount will lessen, Haque added.