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Lok Sabha 2019 elections: EC’s new norms laudable, now to implement them well

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The model code of conduct just announced by the Election Commission of India (ECI), and the government’s decision earlier to make it compulsory for candidates in polls to submit details of I-T returns for the past five years and disclose details of wealth held overseas, are a resounding vote for transparency and accountability. While the tax details mean that disproportionate gains in wealth by incumbent lawmakers will get exposed and this will help trace any quid pro quo relationship/transaction, the ECI requiring candidates with criminal charges against them to declare the particulars of the charges thrice in newspapers and news channels should give voters an idea about the antecedents of the person hoping to represent the public interest in Parliament. Political parties that induct such members can’t also evade responsibility as they will have to declare the criminal........

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