Before you cast your vote, it’s extremely important to know who you are voting for. What’s the background of the candidate? What are his/her previous achievements in governance? What are the red flags that should definitely make you not vote for the candidate or think twice? As a responsible voter, knowing your candidate and the party they belong to should be a must.
In a 10-minute read, here’s all that you need to know:
– Records of ongoing or past criminal cases and charges.
– Assets and liabilities and those of his/her spouse and dependents.
– Their educational background.
– Copies of their nomination papers and accompanying affidavits.
– Details of any dues owed by them to the government.
They can be seen on the Election Commission website or on MyNeta, a portal run by the Association of Democratic Reforms whose work made it mandatory for all candidates contesting elections to disclose their criminal, financial and educational backgrounds prior to the polls by filing an affidavit with the Election Commission.
No. As per the rules of the Election Commission, a candidate who has been convicted of an offence for two years or more and is out on bail with their appeal pending for disposal cannot contest an election.
As per the Election Commission, as on July 24, 2015, there were 1866 registered political parties in India.
Other sources of income, as mentioned by political parties include sale of coupons, voluntary contributions, donations and party funds. Income-expenditure statements, as well as information on donations, can be accessed here.
You should vote in the municipal corporation elections in your city. The municipal corporation consists of a committee, which includes the mayor and the councillors who look into these matters.
An MLA is elected through the assembly elections in every state. An MLA must be over 25 years of age. Their main responsibilities include overseeing the municipal corporation and formulating laws for the maintenance of public order, the police system, public health, agriculture, water supply and land rights. Here’s a detailed list of the duties, if you want to know more.
An MP is elected to the Lok Sabha through direct elections based on universal adult suffrage. Their main responsibilities are taking part in the legislative process in the Parliament and representing their constituencies.
The election expenditure limit for each Lok Sabha candidate in bigger states like Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, etc. is ₹70 lakhs. In smaller states like Goa, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, and union territories like Lakshadweep, Puducherry, etc. it is ₹54 lakhs per candidate.
For state assembly elections, the election expenditure limit per candidate is ₹28 lakhs for the bigger states and ₹20 lakhs for states like Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, etc.
Currently, there are 543 MPs in the Lok Sabha. Of these, 34% have self-declared criminal cases – and of these, 22% have self-declared serious criminal cases. Only 11% of MPs (62) are women. A detailed list can be seen here.
There are 4000+ MLAs in India (approximately 7-9 MLAs for every MP). A state-wise list can be seen here.
Some bits of factual inconsistencies in the piece have been rectified based on inputs by the Association of Democratic Reforms. The errors are regretted.
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