Following the Supreme Court verdict, whereby it called the use of religion, caste, community, race and language in electoral politics as a "corrupt practice", the Election Commission (EC) now wants the apex court to tighten its grip on the role of money in elections.
The EC on Wednesday sought a Supreme Court order to make it necessary for poll candidates disclose sources of income of their spouses and independent children in their affidavits along with their own sources of income, The Indian Express reported.
According to the newspaper, the EC showed concerns over the growing role of money power in elections. Submitting its reply to a notice by the apex court on a public interest litigation (PIL) on Wendesday, the Commission said, "The Representation of People Act must be amended to make sure that a candidate is disqualified not only when he has an existing contract with the government but also when any member of his family has a similar financial agreement."
It is worth remembering that the EC had raised concerns over the growing role of money in poll campaigns, and had even proposed to ban anonymous contributions above Rs 2,000 in order to check the flow of black money into political parties.
Commission is in favour reducing limit of anonymous donations to Rs 2000 only, also mulling on whether we can switch to digital payments-ECI
— ANI (@ANI_news) January 4, 2017
On Wednesday, while announcing poll dates for the five states — Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur — Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi had stressed that the EC will ensure a level playing field for inclusive, free and fair elections by curbing muscle power and abuse of money.
It had set expenses limit for candidates at Rs 28 lakh in UP, Punjab and Uttarakhand and Rs 20 lakh in Manipur and Goa. Zaidi had also said that there will be a strict mechanism to monitor expenditure and curb black money.
Published Date: Jan 05, 2017 16:44 PM | Updated Date: Jan 05, 2017 16:44 PM