Ballari: With the announcement of the general elections to the State Assembly, the candidates contesting the elections should publish in newspapers as per the directions of the Supreme Court if they have any criminal antecedents and inform the voters. The respective parties should also clarify on the issue through newspapers, said Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer Pawan Kumar Malapati.
Addressing a press conference at the DC’s office here on Wednesday March 29, he said that the candidates contesting the Assembly elections should publish their crime antecedents in newspapers every four days within a period of 12 days as directed by the Supreme Court. In addition, the parties should also clarify through newspapers the reason for giving tickets to those with criminal antecedents. Through this, the candidates themselves should make their background clear to the voters, he said.
The candidates should also make a self-declaration in the affidavit filed in this regard. If this does not happen, we will inform the Supreme Court. The court will then take action, he said.