Voters in Madhya Pradesh will be able to check the details of candidates fighting the elections in 37 local bodies in the state, at every pooling booth. Various details like criminal cases (if any), assets and liabilities will be displayed at the pooling booths. This will assist the voters in taking an informed and balanced decision.
Madhya Pradesh State Election Commission (SEC) has released a circular which directs the officials who are conducting the election process, to display the details of the candidate highlighting their educational qualifications, assets & liabilities and criminal cases in case of any.
The Commission has asked the officials to display the details mentioned in the candidate's affidavits at the pooling booths in the form of large f;ex hoardings.
The hoardings, to be put up outside every booth, will display the affidavits of the contestants vying for the posts of president and councillor in the August 11 polls, said a public relations department officer.
This arrangement has been made for the polls in 37 local bodies - 14 municipalities and 23 Nagar Parishads – on an experimental basis, he said.
The SEC has taken the decision to empower voters and allow them to check antecedents of candidates before they cast their ballot, the officer said.
"This way, voters would be able to see the relevant details of candidates before exercising their franchise." Activists fighting for voter rights welcomed the move. "We welcome the move as it will allow voters to take an informed decision. Voters will now be able to check antecedents of candidates before entering the polling station," said Rolly Shivhare, Madhya Pradesh convener of the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).
Shivhare said a delegation of the ADR, an NGO fighting for poll reforms, had earlier called on State Election Commissioner R Parsuram in this regard and he promised to come with this initiative. "It would be better if this practice is adopted in the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections as well," she added.
Shivhare said Madhya Pradesh is the second state, after Maharashtra, to adopt this practice.