An audit report prepared by the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) shows that the Election Commission (EC) spent millions of rupees from foreign donors without any audit and details of election logistics gifted by neighboring countries were not taken into account in its report submitted to the OAG after holding three sets of elections last year.
According to My Republica, the report states that election officials spent huge amounts of money provided by development partners and neighboring countries without any audit and abused their authority in providing additional incentives to election commissioners and staff.
United Nations Development Program, USAID and International Idea Nepal had provided millions in financial assistance for the elections. But the election body, which received billions of rupees from the government as well for holding the election, did not provide an audit report to the OAG. The OAG, the authority responsible for auditing the expenditures of public offices, has pointed at possible misuse of financial assistance by the commissioners.
According to the report, the election body received Rs. 260.90 million from UNDP, Rs 20.64 million from the United States Agency for International Development and Rs 290.95 million from International IDEA Nepal as technical assistance. But the election body neither submitted the financial details nor audited the assistance, according to the OAG report.
Contrary to the practice of furnishing the details of logistics provided from neighboring countries to the Financial Controller General's Office and auditing such assistance, the EC has not mentioned anything about financial assistance from the neighboring countries, namely India and China. According to details collected by the OAG from the EC's store department, India had provided 86 vehicles worth Rs 180.61 million and 11 types of election materials worth Rs 130.46 million were received from China. "Details of the logistics were not submitted to the Financial Comptroller General's Office," states the report.