EC makes it compulsory for candidates to advertise their criminal records
Criminalization of politics has been a concern amongst the voters for a long time. All political parties have people with criminal backgrounds. All the political parties promise to build a better nation, but that is not possible when people elect criminals as their representatives.
Think about the scenario when a person having a criminal record is elected to lead us. Will, he ever think about people first, will he be able to use the money for public welfare? Will a person be open to criticism and discontent if reported by the people of his constituency? The answer is NO, still, there are people who have been convicted by law or some others who are facing the trials.
In October 2018 the Apex court had ordered that all the political parties will have to advertise about candidates with criminal records. This order will be implemented for the first time in the 2019 General Elections.
Election commission of India Guidelines:
Under the guidelines, all political parties will have to advertise their criminal antecedents in TV and newspapers at least three times during electioneering. All the parties have will have to submit a copy of the advertisement with all the relevant details to the Election Commission. This step will ensure that people can choose a better leader for themselves.
What Parties need to do?
The parties will have to fill out a separate form in case they do not have any candidate with criminal records. This will force the political parties to select candidates with a clean record. The step is being looked upon as a major milestone in decriminalization of politics.
Though the Election Commission direction is mum on who will pay the expense of these campaigns, the EC or the candidates. A senior functionary said since this is a poll-related expenditure, the candidates will have to bear the cost.
What if the Party fails to follow Election commission of India Guidelines?
Parties which fail to comply will have to face the prospects of getting their recognition withdrawn or suspended.
Candidates have to submit clippings of their declaration published in papers and parties have to submit details about the number of such candidates in a state.
The voters will also know the actual details of their representatives and will choose their leaders wisely. No one would want to elect a criminal after all. It will be very interesting to see how the candidates will be selected or how the political giants will present their tainted candidates to the voters.