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Mandatory for candidates to publish criminal records in media: CEO


Kohima, March 14: Nagaland Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Abhijit Sinha on Thursday said it is mandatory for all candidates contesting the ensuing elections to publicize details of any criminal records or pending cases in the print and electronic media till polling day.
“This is a mandatory requirement to be implemented by the candidates and political parties contesting the polls,” Sinha told representatives of political parties in Nagaland at a meeting with them at Hotel Japfu here.
The CEO convened the meeting to apprise the political parties on the process and mandatory norms for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections to the Nagaland Parliamentary Constituency and by-election to 26-Aonglenden assembly constituency under Mokokchung district.
Representatives from Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party, Naga People’s Front, Janata Dal (United), Indian National Congress, Nationalist Congress Party and Republican Party of India (Athawale) attended the meeting.
The CEO said that as per the latest Supreme Court order, a candidate with criminal records or pending criminal cases need to separately publish the details through a prescribed format in both print and electronic media from the date of filing nominations till the day of polling.
Political parties from which the candidate is nominated also needs to put the particular details of the candidate on their websites as well as publish in the newspapers and broadcast in TV, he said.
The CEO also apprised the political parties on election expenditure monitoring, legal provision of expenditure, why monitoring of expenditure is required, paid news, MCMC and Suvidha.
On the ceiling of expenditure, the CEO said as per the revised ceilings, the maximum limit of election expenses for a Lok Sabha constituency is Rs 70 lakh per candidate and for assembly constituencies is Rs 20 lakh per candidate.
Sinha asked all the political parties to submit the list of star campaigners (40 for recognized and 20 for unrecognized political parties) to his office and the Commission latest by March 23.
He also informed them that all election campaign printing matters including pamphlets and posters have to carry the name of the publisher.
Additional CEO N. Moa Aier and Commissioner Nagaland, M. Patton was also present during the meeting. (Page News Service)