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Candidates’ personal records,assets to be posted online

To help voters choose the right candidate,the details of MCD candidates,like their assets and personal records,will soon be posted online.

Written by Priyanka Sharma | New Delhi | Published: March 16, 2012 1:09:39 am

To help voters choose the right candidate,the details of MCD candidates,like their assets and personal records,will soon be posted online. These would include cases against them,if any.

The State Election Commission (SEC) will be uploading the details of every candidate on its website within 24 hours of filing of nominations.

“Organisations like the National Federation of Democracy and other citizens’ federations have approached us to make the affidavits of the candidates public. So we have

decided to upload the details of all the candidates online. This will help voters make better

and informed choices,” said Rakesh Mehta,State Election Commissioner.

To help the department upload the information instantly,every Returning Officer (RO) will be provided with a scanner. Form 21 and Form 22,which contain the information about the personal records and details about the movable and immovable assets of the candidate,will be scanned and uploaded on

The SEC on Thursday held a meeting with all Deputy Commissioners of the District,Deputy Commissioners of Police and Zonal Deputy Commissioners of MCD to discuss the implementation of Model Code of Conduct after nominations are filed.

Candidates contesting in the MCD elections will be filling their affidavits from April 19 to April 26.

To steer candidates from indulging in paid news for publicity,the SEC will be scrutinising every advertisement by the political parties on cable TV.

“To gather publicity,candidates get their advertisements flashed on cable TV networks. All such publicity material will have to be first cross-checked by the Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM). Only when the SDM clears them,will they be allowed,” Mehta said.

The SEC has also begun cracking down on illegal posters and hoardings. The commission has formed a ‘poster removal squad’ in every zone to stop defacement of public property. The squad in each zone will consist of a supervisor,a police personnel and labourers. In case of any complaint,the Returning Officer will inform the Assistant Commissioners and the Deputy Commissioner of Police.

“In most cases,candidates refuse to own up to the illegal hoardings. For this,a videography unit has been formed to film the illegal posters before razing them down. If proved guilty,an offender will be imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 and one year imprisonment,” Mehta said.

To prevent booth capturing,the SEC is surveying the polling centres. Counting centres are also being assessed to check unruly elements. Meanwhile,the Commission has imposed a ban on liquor sale 48 hours before the election day.

The civic polls are scheduled for April 15. From the evening of April 13,the sale of liquor will be banned. Similarly,April 17,the counting day,will be observed as a dry day.

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