Election commission to candidates: Publish criminal records between November 15 & 26

Bhopal: Election commission has asked candidates to publish criminal records between November 15 and November 26. Chief Electoral Officer VL Kantha Rao on Monday said that following the Supreme Court order, EC has issued format C4 and C5 for the purpose.

Talking to media, Rao said that all candidates would have to publish their criminal records thrice in prominent daily newspapers- a list of which would be given by the CEO office. They will have to telecast the same thrice on prominent TV channels as well. The TV telecast should not be less than 7 seconds.

The newspaper advertisement too should be in prescribed font size, said Rao. Candidates will submit the details of publishing/telecast in prescribed format along with expenditure details with the EC. Format C4 is meant for the candidate while format C5 is meant for political parties. Allotment of election symbols would be done on November 14.

Cash, liquor and drugs reign supreme this election
Cash, liquor and drugs reign supreme in this election. According to figures provided by the Election Commission, various law enforcement agencies have seized cash, gold, silver, liquor, drugs and other material worth Rs 49.43 crore. The seizure during 2013 assembly elections was Rs 27.61 crore. The point of concern is that the seizure worth Rs 49.43 crore has been done in 35 days starting October 6. The polling is still a fortnight away.

The cash seized from October 6 till November 10 is more than Rs 20.58 crore while in 2013 assembly election it stood at Rs 19.18 crore. Gold and silver worth Rs 7.43 crore has been seized till date where as in 2013 assembly elections the total figure was Rs 77.58 lakh.  As far as liquor is concerned various law enforcement agencies have seized 3.97 lakh litre liquor worth Rs 9.57 crore while in 2013 it was 2.40 lakh litre of liquor worth Rs 5.87 lakh.

In 2013 assembly election drugs worth Rs 30.80 lakh were seized but in 2018 drugs worth Rs 5.45 crore have seized in 35 days only. Other illegal material seized till now amounts to Rs 6.39 crores whereas the figure of same in 2013 assembly elections was Rs 1.47 crores.

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