Can­di­dates’ in­come source de­tails: EC, par­ties at odds

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HINDUSTAN TIMES - HT Correspondent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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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PTI PHOTO

CEC Nasim Zaidi at a meet­ing with political par­ties in New Delhi on Satur­day.

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