Political parties must give explanation over candidates with criminal records: EC

The Election Commission of India has directed for an explanation over fielding candidates with criminal records. The explanation should be given within 30 days from the date of polling. The commission has taken the step to restrict criminals from joining the legislative assembly.

Hence, it is learned that giving an explanation over fielding candidates with criminal cases will be a disgrace to the political parties.

The political parties should explain to the Election Commission if they field candidates who are involved in any criminal cases, including financial offences.

As per the new rule, national parties should give the details of the criminal cases against their candidates to the Election Commission of India and state parties should give the details to the Chief Electoral Officer.

While submitting the nomination, candidates must give details of the criminal cases in the personal affidavit. These details should be published in print and visual media thrice.

Apart from this rule, the ECI has decided to implement the new rule which seeks explanation from the political parties.

Chief Electoral Officer Teeka Ram Meena announced the rule while addressing an all-party meeting here on Sunday.

The new rules relating to election are implemented as per the directions of the Supreme Court.

At the same time, the Election Commission has decided to deploy central forces in vulnerable polling booths.

Earlier BJP requested the Election Commission to deploy central force in all polling booths which identified as Naxal affected and vulnerable.