Election Commission New Delhi: The parties which have given tickets to persons involved in criminal cases will now have to state publicly within 48 hours why they have given tickets to such persons and whether they have not found any other candidate on whom to commit a crime. Don’t be blamed!
Announcing the schedule and arrangements for the elections in five states, including Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, the Chief Election Commissioner on Saturday said that the parties would have to post information on the merits of such candidates and their performance on the party portal. He said that in such a case, the “probability of winning” could not be the basis for the selection of this candidate.
He said that in view of the order of the Supreme Court dated February 13, 2020, the political parties would have to post on the portal the cases against such candidates in the central and state level elections, status of charge sheets etc. The information will have to be published in the local Indian language newspaper and national newspaper as well as on the party’s Twitter and Facebook page.
The parties must be notified within 72 hours of the selection of such candidate of compliance with these instructions. The parties will have to put a column on the homepage of their portal with the title of candidates with criminal background. Violation of these instructions will be considered as contempt or violation of court order.