The cost of the polling body in the last municipal elections was `6.5 crore


About Rs 6.5 crore was spent on the State Election Commission in the 2016 municipal elections.
A senior official of the state election department said Rs 6.5 crore was spent last time, which included tenting, photography, printing of ballot papers, advertising and campaigning, fuel etc.

This time around Rs 7 crore will be spent on municipal elections in the coming elections. The municipal elections are to be held on December 24 and the counting of votes will take place on December 27.

The amount that will be spent includes about Rs 3.5 crore only on tentage and Rs 1.5 crore only on digital photography.

Two separate tenders have been floated in this regard. The election department is also spending Rs 80 lakh only on taxi services based on the fare required during elections.

For tents and furniture, the State Election Department stated that the shortlisted/successful bidder shall enter into a contract for the supply of any item of furniture/tentage/accessories after the approval of the State Election Commission, UT, Chandigarh. And its cost is Rs 3.5 crore.

The earnest money to be deposited in this work alone is Rs 35 lakh.
Tents and furniture will have to be arranged during the voting.

About Rs 6.15 crore was spent in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. In the year 2019, the expenditure on elections was almost double of the expenditure in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections i.e. Rs 3.88 crore.
According to the records of the Local Election Department, in 2014, Rs 3,88,38,893 was spent on Lok Sabha elections in Chandigarh. This amount includes everything from printing voter slips to advertising, fuel used by officials to telephone expenses.

Digital photography for Rs 1.5 crore
About Rs 1.5 crore will be spent on the digital photography that will be done in this election.

Scope of work included full day (eight hours) digital videography (including DVD and CD), half day (four hours) digital videography (including DVD and CD), additional hours (hourly) and digital still photography (for eight hours). Huh. Digital still photography (up to four hours) Additional hours (per hour).

The bidder should have the capacity to supply 200 (two hundred) cameras within a short notice of four hours with the operators on call at any time, the number of cameras may increase or decrease as per the requirement.