Election Commission wants candidates to reveal source of income
The Commission said it would be in favour of more transparency if the voters know about the income source of the candidates and family members
Concerned over “the increasing role of money power” in polls, the Election Commission has told the Supreme Court that it must be made mandatory for candidates to disclose their source of income along with that of their spouse and dependents, Indian Express reported.
The Commission said it would be in favour of more transparency if the voters know about the income source of the candidates and family members.
“The increasing role of money power in elections is too well known and is one of the maladies which sometimes reduces the process of election into a mere farce by placing some privileged candidates with financial resources in a distinctly advantageous position as compared to other candidates. The result of such an election cannot reflect the true choice of the people. The system also sometimes deprives qualified and able persons the prerogative to represent masses,” the affidavit stated.
Submitting its reply Wednesday to a notice by the Supreme Court on a PIL, the Commission also said that the Representation of the People Act must be amended to make sure that a candidate is disqualified not only when he has an existing contract with the government but also when any member of his family has a similar financial agreement.
"The information about source(s) of income of candidates, their spouses and dependents will be a step in the direction of enhancing transparency and should form part of the declaration of Form 26. The commission has already requested the ministry of law and justice to consider the proposed amendments," it said.