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Punjab Elections 2022: Now, criminal records of candidate are just a click away

By Dinkle Popli -- January 22, 2022 8:14 pm -- Updated:January 29, 2022 2:33 pm

After making it mandatory for political parties to publish why candidate with criminal record selected for election, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has launched a mobile application 'Know Your Candidate' for electors to know the particulars and criminal antecedents of any candidate, informed Dr. S Karuna Raju, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Punjab on Saturday.

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Urging the voters of the state to download the app, Dr. Raju said that the app has been developed to provide wide publicity and greater awareness regarding criminal antecedents of contesting candidates to ensure transparent election. This app can be downloaded from Google play store and Apple App store and the link is also available on the Commission's website.

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Directing the Returning Officers to ensure that the right document is uploaded on the app, the CEO asked them to select the checkbox 'Yes' or 'No' for Candidate Criminal Antecedent and upload the scanned document submitted by candidate in Encore offline nomination. Criminal antecedents as the same gets public visibility through KYC (Know Your Candidate) App. Returning Officer also needs to re-verify and ensure that the checkbox is marked appropriately as "Yes" or "No" as per the details submitted by the candidate.

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Informing about other novel initiatives of the ECI by initiating many mobile voter friendly apps,  Dr. S. Karuna Raju said that one of the App launched by ECI is Suvidha App, a single window system for both candidates and political parties to apply for permissions before conducting meetings, rallies, etc. This can also be done through the Android app.

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