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May 3, 2024

Over 1,700 Candidates to Vie for Seats in Phase 4 of Lok Sabha Elections, ECI Reports

The Election Commission of India (ECI) announced that a staggering 1,717 candidates from 10 States/Union Territories are set to contest elections in phase 4 of the Lok Sabha polls. This phase covers 96 parliamentary constituencies and is scheduled for May 13.

A total of 4,264 nominations were filed for these constituencies, with the highest number coming from Telangana (1488) followed by Andhra Pradesh with 1103 nominations from 25 constituencies. Malkajgiri Parliamentary Constituency in Telangana received the most nominations with 177, closely followed by Nalgonda and Bhongir with 114 nominations each.

The Election Commission highlighted that the average number of contesting candidates per parliamentary constituency for this phase is 18. The deadline for filing nominations for phase 4 across all 10 States/UTs was April 25, 2024.

To facilitate intending candidates, the ECI directed all States/UTs to ensure the issuance of ‘No Dues Certificate’ within 48 hours of the request letter receipt, provided no dues are pending or due by law. Additionally, details of accrued dues should be provided within 48 hours of submitting the application, with the certificate issued within 24 hours of clearing dues.

Concerns were raised by the EC regarding candidates unable to obtain ‘No Dues Certificates’ even after supposedly clearing all dues related to rent, electricity, water, and telephone charges. Such instances could jeopardize candidatures during scrutiny and undermine the principles of participatory electoral democracy.

The EC emphasized that failure to provide a ‘no dues certificate’ within the statutory period for filing nominations may result in rejection of the candidature. This advisory aims to prevent any loss to aspiring candidates, political parties, and the electorate, ensuring the integrity of the electoral process.

The Lok Sabha elections, held in seven phases until June 1, have already completed polling for two phases. Vote counting is scheduled for June 4.

ALSO READ: Model Code of Conduct Violations Flagged by ECI

The ECI has taken note of several Model Code of Conduct violations during this election season, aiming to maintain the fairness and integrity of the electoral process. Instances of violations include misuse of government machinery, distribution of cash, liquor, and gifts to voters, hate speeches, and spreading false information.

The Model Code of Conduct, enforced by the ECI, ensures a level playing field for all candidates and political parties during elections. Any breach of this code is dealt with strictly to uphold the democratic values and ensure free and fair elections.

By monitoring and addressing such violations, the ECI reaffirms its commitment to conducting transparent and credible elections, preserving the essence of democracy in India.

Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri

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