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Information about tainted MPs/MLAs good, but implementation of EC rule important

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20.03.2019

On the face of things, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has done well to insist that both candidates with criminal charges, as well as the political parties that field them, will have to give wide publicity to the charges; the charges, the ECI has said, will have to be disclosed thrice in both newspapers as well as television channels. This, of course, needs to be monitored carefully, and more detailed instructions need to be issued on such publicity, to ensure the newspapers chosen aren’t those with a tiny circulation and, within them, the placement of the news has to be prominent. Similarly, in the case of television channels, care has to be taken to ensure the news is broadcast during prime time viewing hours and not when few are watching television. The problem with this, however, is that it may not yield much if rival candidates, equally, have criminal records; what is there to choose from when one candidate is accused of three........

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