Candidates’ income source details: EC, parties at odds
NEW DELHI: Political parties opposed on Saturday a proposal that candidates disclose their source of income before contesting polls, one of several ideas floated by the Election Commission to clean up the country’s electoral process.
In a closed-door consultation with 35 political parties including the BJP and the Congress over a slew of proposed electoral reforms, the Commission has also sought to hike the security deposit for contesting elections as a deterrent for non-serious candidates. It proposed to extend the existing ban on physical campaigning to advertisements and campaign in electronic media as well in the last 48 hours before polling.
While most of the proposals evoked lukewarm response from the political parties, they all agreed to the Commission’s plan to introduce a software that helps candidates to manage their election expenses.
None of these proposals are to be implemented in the upcoming assembly elections in four states, EC officials clarified.
The political parties were most vocal against the EC’s proposal to introduce a new column in the affidavit where the candidates will have to disclose from where they earned money and how they procured properties mentioned in their declared assets.
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CEC Nasim Zaidi at a meeting with political parties in New Delhi on Saturday.