State Election Commissioner Jageshwar Saharia said the election commission will now publish the brief summary of candidate’s affidavit, comprising record of wealth and crime, in newspapers. This initiative, Saharia said has been taken in order to make the information about the candidates easily available to the voters.
Saharia held a press conference after conducting a meeting of officials from various departments ahead of the second phase of municipal polls in which municipal bodies from Pune and Latur district will vote on December 14.
In the second phase, there are 10 local bodies in Pune and four in Latur district where polls will be held, State Election Commissioner J S Saharia said.
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In all the 14 poll-bound local bodies, 162 nominations were received for the post of municipal council president. The last date of withdrawal of nominations was December 1.
In the first phase, 70 per cent nominations and affidavits were received online while for the second phase it was 100 per cent, Saharia said.
“In a democracy, it’s important that the voter is well informed about the background of each and every candidate. Until now we have been uploading the signed affidavits of the candidates on the election commission’s website as well as making the photocopies of the affidavits available at the civic officers. Taking it a step ahead, we have now decided that we will publish a brief summery of each candidates declaration about his crime record and wealth in the newspapers and the same will be made available at the local police stations,” Saharia told reporters.
He said to make sure that the money or any other means is not used to influence the voters, the election commission is taking the help of income tax as well as excise departments.
Saharia said the cash-crunch caused by demonetisation is not likely to have any adverse effect on the conduction of elections as the election officers have been directed to keep enough cash with the office as per the needs.