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Political parties will have to publish candidates’ criminal records on TVs, websites: CEC

''If they have got the criminal record, that will be published by them in newspapers, TV at least three times and this time, political parties will have to publish it on their websites also that their candidate has criminal antecedent,'' Sushil Chandra said

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Panaji: Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra on Wednesday said that political parties would have to publish criminal antecedents of the candidates in newspapers, television channels and also on their websites.

”If they have got the criminal record, that will be published by them in newspapers, TV at least three times and this time, political parties will have to publish it on their websites also that their candidate has criminal antecedent,” he told reporters here.

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Chandra said that 30,598 new voters had been enrolled this time, including 16,807 new voters.

He said to boost confidence among women voters, there would be around 100 polling stations, which would be managed absolutely by women.

There would be at least four to five polling booths, which would be managed by persons with disabilities, added the CEC.

He said the Election Commission (EC) had introduced a facility, under which people above 80 years of age would be allowed to vote from home.

There were more than 30,000 people above 80 years of age in Goa, he added.

Chandra said in view of Covid-19 pandemic and social distancing norms, the number of electors at a polling booth in Goa had been reduced from 1500 to 1000. Due to this, there would be 60 additional polling stations in Goa, he added.

An EC team is on a visit to the state, which will go to Assembly polls early next year.

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