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Criminal investigation launched into election spending
Vastly inflated election spending exposed by Himal Khabarpatrika led to an investigation by the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority.
The magazine found that in the early 1990s, when Nepal held its first parliamentary elections under the 1990 Constitution, the polls cost just Rs110 million (USD1 million). However, in November-December 2017, the Election Commission spent that much in just repairing old vehicles. The total cost of the polls was Rs10 billion - 90 times higher than in 1990s. One reason why the polls were so expensive was kickbacks by Election Commissioners, who bought luxury vehicles and unnecessary equipment and materials at inflated prices. They even submitted fake bills, and removed an official who refused to go along with the scams. The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority launched investigation into allegations of corruption.