Khammam: Contestants told to declare criminal record

declaration of criminal record
District Collector RV Karnan speaking at meeting with representatives of political parties in Khammam on Wednesday.

Khammam: Khammam District Collector RV Karnan on Wednesday directed all the candidates contesting the ensuing Assembly elections to declare their criminal antecedents.

The Collector’s directive came at a meeting held here with the representatives of political parties regarding the implementation of election model code of conduct. In the wake of recent directions issued by the Supreme Court the candidates need to declare their criminal record, he said.

For this purpose they have to fill up an amended form 26, consisting Format C-1 which has the name of the candidate, name of political party he or she is affiliated to, the constituency name and number of pending criminal cases and details about cases of conviction, he explained.

In addition to that, the candidate is mandated to publish the same information in any of the newspapers and television channels within the constituency limits at least three times following withdrawal of nominations and two days prior to the polling, Karnan noted.

Further, the candidates should use Suvidha single window app to apply for various permissions concerning election campaign. Similarly, the people could make use of c-Vigil app to report or lodge complaint related to poll code violations by political parties, the Collector said.

c-Vigil app was meant to implement the model code of conduct in an effective manner. In addition, flying squads, statistical surveillance team, mandal nodal officers have been appointed to check any poll code violation, he added.

For monitoring poll expenditure an official from income tax department has been appointed as nodal officer, Karnan informed. A power point presentation was made on Suvidha app and c-Vigil app explaining their usage to political parties’ representatives.

Joint Collector Ayesha Musrat Khanum, Assistant Collector Hanumanthu Kodimba, expenditure nodal officer, Akhil Chand, in-charge District Revenue Officer Madan Gopal and others were present.