February 20th, 2017
With Municipal Corporation Election round the corner, The Election Commission has decided to display the banner carrying the names of all the candidates outside the polling booth. The commission has also planned to highlight the criminal cases faced by them.
The Municipal Corporation Elections across Maharashtra, including Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Bombay Municipal Corporation, will be conducted on February 21. The results will be declared on February 23.
The common man has welcomed this move, but it depends on how this will impact the decisions of the voters.
Municipal Corporations in India
These are the local government in India that administers urban areas with a population of more than one million. These corporations are responsible for:
- Urban planning including town planning.
- Construction of buildings, roads and bridges.
- Public health and solid waste management.
- Fire services
- Slum improvement
- Urban poverty alleviation
- Burials and Burial Grounds
- Urban forestry
- Promotion of cultural education aspects.
216 candidates for BMC polls face criminal cases
Maharashtra Election Watch (MEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have released a report stating that 216 candidates contesting BMC elections have criminal cases registered against them.
These two non-government organisations analysed that
1,641 of the 2,275 candidates affidavits obtained from State Election Commission. 154 out of 216 candidates have charges of murder, assault, kidnapping and rapes. 28 out of 173 candidates analysed from the Shiv Sena have serious criminal charges against them as reported by Hindustan Times.
The Bharatiya Janata Party fielded 14 such candidates, and The Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has fielded 16 candidates.
The Logical Indian welcome this step taken by Election Commision and hope that people cast their votes before complete background check of the candidates.