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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 CEC Nasim Zaidi at a meeting with political parties in New Delhi on Saturday. 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.
Prank calling the police could lead to jail time of up to three years, with the anti-terrorism squad asking the Maharashtra government for a strict law against hoax callers.
The ATS’ move comes after a spike in the number of hoax calls since the Islamic State (IS) started targeting youth from the state. In its letter to the government, the ATS said hoax-call cases went up to 574 in 2015, compared to a little more than 100 in 2014.
“Earlier, around 100 to 200 cases of hoax calls would be registered a year. But, in the past few years, there has been a drastic rise . There have been cases where people make hoax calls about bombs on trains if they are about to miss one. There have even been cases where the caller claims someone is carrying explosives, in a bid to take revenge on that person,” said an ATS officer, not wishing to be named.
Currently, section 506 of the IPC (punishment for criminal intimidation) is used against those making hoax calls, but this is not a cognisable offence, officers said.
To make it cognisable, other sections of the IPC and IT acts are imposed. “Hoax callers never use their original names, so when they are caught, we apply sections of impersonation, and some other sections depending on the nature of the call , so that we have a cognisable case and can arrest the accused . Even after arresting them, they are bailed out in a week ,” said an officer.