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Relevant for: Indian Polity | Topic: Elections, Election Commission and the Electoral Reforms in India Incl. Political Parties

Pursuant to the recent Supreme Court directive on candidates with criminal antecedents, the Election Commission on Wednesday released an amended Form 26 for those contesting polls to declare and publicise details of the cases against them.

The candidates are required to file an affidavit as part of the form, along with the nomination papers, declaring information about criminal cases, assets, liabilities and educational qualifications. Convictions, if any, also have to be mentioned. Political parties fielding such candidates also have to publish their details on their websites and in newspapers and the electronic media.

The Supreme Court directed that the form would mention in bold letters the criminal cases. “If a candidate is contesting an election on the ticket of a particular party, he/she is required to inform the party about the criminal cases pending against him/her,” the court said.

“The candidate as well as the concerned political party shall issue a declaration in the widely circulated newspapers in the locality about the antecedents of the candidate and also give wide publicity in the electronic media,” the court said.

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