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5 times more expenses of MPs in polls, EC has nothing to do

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However, the Election Commission says that now they do not have the authority to do anything against Abul Kalam. Secretary of the Election Commission Secretariat. Jahangir Alam told Prothom Alo that the candidates submit an expenditure statement after the election. But the EC does not have the manpower to audit it. Apart from this, the Election Commission does not do anything after the result is gazetted.

The secretary also said that the EC has nothing to do with who said what. If anyone had complained that a candidate was spending excessively before the election results were gazetted, the commission could have looked into it and taken action.

EC Secretary Md. Jahangir Alam said that the Election Commission is not an investigative institution. But now the Anti-Corruption Commission or any other agency of the government can look into whether a candidate has spent more money than he declared on oath. In view of this or any decision of the court, the Election Commission can take action accordingly.

However, Badiul Alam Majumder, editor of Citizen for Good Governance (Sujan), disagreed with the EC's statement. He thinks that in this case, the Election Commission has the power to take action against the member of Parliament concerned for the crime of giving false information. Badiul Alam Majumdar told Prothom Alo that the hand of the Election Commission is very long. In case of electoral disputes, they have nothing to do after publication of the result gazette. But this is not an electoral dispute. Candidate has given false information here. The Election Commission has become a fool. They should take action against that MP. If he is aggrieved, he will go to court.

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