Candidates for municipal elections in Rajasthan will now have to have completed at least Class 10 and would also be required to produce an affidavit stating that they have a toilet at home, the state government said in an statement Tuesday, even as Governor Kalyan Singh gave his nod to an ordinance making both qualifications mandatory.
Elections to 129 local bodies are scheduled early next month.
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The ordinance was cleared by the state cabinet on Monday and sent to the Governor immediately, as the state election commission is expected to announce poll dates any time now.
Earlier, the Rajasthan government had introduced minimum educational qualifications in the panchayati raj polls.
“Till the recent zila parishad polls, 33 per cent candidates were Class 10 pass, whereas now the figure stands at 70 per cent. In panchayat samiti, the figure has gone up from 18 per cent to 54 per cent. Seeing this trend, we introduced the criterion even for the municipal polls,” said Rajendra Singh Rathore, Health Minister and government spokesperson.
The criteria imposed in panchayat polls had met with stiff opposition from the candidates and the Congress.
Later, several police complaints were filed against elected representatives, alleging that they had submitted fake certificates.