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Posted at: Mar 21, 2017, 1:24 AM; last updated: Mar 21, 2017, 1:24 AM (IST)

EC for debarring convicted leaders from party posts

New Delhi, March 20

The Election Commission (EC) has supported the idea of debarring convicted politicians from forming political outfits and becoming party office-bearers, saying it would help clean up the political system.

In an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, the EC also favoured setting up special courts to try cases involving politicians and bureaucrats. If the SC accepts these suggestions and issues orders accordingly, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and Indian National Lok Dal leader Om Prakash Chautala can no longer hold any position in their respective parties.

The EC said its recommendations for de-criminalisation of politics were pending with the Law Ministry.

It has also suggested a host of other measures, including making paid news an electoral offence, proscribing political advertisements 48 hours before elections and legal amendment to check bribing of voters and enforcing the limit on election expenses.

These suggestions have been filed by the commission in response to a PIL seeking the courts direction to the government and the EC for electoral reforms to rid the political system of criminal elements. — TNS

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