CEC Sushil Chandra, image courtesy of ECI
New Delhi: Chief Electoral Commissioner Sushil Chandra on Tuesday stressed the need for efforts by society as a whole to discourage people with criminal backgrounds from participating in elections.
“It is equally essential to limit the influence of money and muscle power in elections. Efforts must be made by society as a whole to ensure that people with criminal backgrounds are discouraged from participating in elections,” CEC Chandra said in his speech on the eve of the 12th National Conference. Voter’s Day.
“To this end, the Commission recently launched the Know Your Candidate app which provides voters with information about candidates, including their criminal history, to enable voters to make an informed choice,” he added.
CEC Chandra said the electoral process is underway in five states of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh with 690 assembly constituencies, 18.34 crore voters in 2.15 lakh polling stations.
“The Commission has issued strict guidelines for all political parties and candidates to follow. We have also placed emphasis on increasing the pace of vaccination in poll-bound states… Every step will be taken to ensure that this election is absolutely safe,” he added. he added.
Praising higher voter turnout in recently concluded State Assembly polls in six states, CEC Chandra said that around the world there were fears that covid 19 could lead to a low voter turnout…however, India’s determined voter, with unwavering faith in democracy, defied opponents and skeptics alike and came out in ever greater numbers to vote in every election held during the pandemic.
“The voter turnout in Bihar stood at 59.7%, Assam (82.42%), Tamil Nadu (73.63%), Kerala (76.53%), West Bengal (82 .32%) and in Pondicherry (83.38%)”, he added.