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Deadline tomorrow for candidates to declare election expenses

Published:Tuesday | April 5, 2016 | 4:54 PM

Tomorrow is the final day for candidates who contested the February 25 General Election to file their election returns declaring how much they spent during the election campaign.

Recent changes allow candidates to spend up to $15 million during the election campaign period.

The campaign period runs from the date of the announcement of an election to the day before the vote.

The election returns can be filed with the returning officer in the constituency in which the candidates ran up to six weeks after the date of the election.

Under Section 101 of the Representation of the people Act, any candidate or his agent who fails to make a return or makes a false declaration in their return commits an offence.

That person is liable to pay a fine of between $20,000 and $80,000 or imprisonment of up to three years if convicted before the Circuit Court.

They may also order the candidate or agent be disqualified from holding any post of election officer for at least seven years.

More than 130 people contested the General Election which was won by the Jamaica Labour Party.