78B. Supply of certain items to candidates, etc.-
(1) The Election Commission shall, at any time between the date of publication of the notification calling the election for the purposes of constituting the House of the People or the Legislative Assembly of a State and the date on which the poll is to be taken, supply or cause to be supplied, such items as the Central Government may, by order, determine in consultation with the Election Commission, to the electors in the constituencies concerned or to the candidates set up by the recognised political parties.
(2) Where the Election Commission supplies the items to the candidates under sub-section (1), the Central Government may, in consultation with the Election Commission, impose conditions with respect to the reduction of the maximum expenditure which may be incurred by the candidate under section 77.
Explanation.-For the purposes of section 39A, this Chapter and clause (hh) of sub-section (2) of section 169, the expression "recognised political party", has the meaning assigned to it in the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968.]
1. Section 78 re-numbered as sub-section (1) of that section by Act 47 of 1966, s. 36 (w.e.f. 14-12-1966).
2. Subs. by s. 36, ibid., for "returning officer" (w.e.f. 14-12-1966). 3. Omitted by Act 2 of 2004, s. 36 (w.e.f. 29-10-2003).