EC for disqualification of candidates charged by court

Chandigarh: The Election Commission favours disqualification of a candidate against whom a court has framed charges in any "serious offence" whose sentence was likely to be a prison term of five years and above.

"Our suggestion is that a candidate should be disqualified if a court has framed charges against him/her in any serious offence, whose prison term was likely to be five years or above. But our proposal is pending," Election Commissioner of India, Dr S Y Qureishi told reporters here today.

Qureishi made the remark when asked on criminalisation of politics, which he admitted was a "major issue".

Batting for electoral reforms, he said there were several proposals from the EC which were pending before the Government.

He informed that the EC had sought delegation of powers regarding fixing of security deposits of candidates to fight the elections.

Earlier, Qureishi presided over a meeting of all Deputy Commissioners cum District Election Officers from Haryana, where state assembly polls are due for early next year.

Bureau Report