Haryana Joint Chief Electoral Officer Dr. Inder Jeet said that it is mandatory for every candidate contesting for 90 assembly seats of Haryana Assembly Elections- 2019, to share the complete information about their criminal records, if any, in nomination papers as well as in print and electronic media thrice during the entire election campaign.

Chandigarh, October 14 - Haryana Joint Chief Electoral Officer Dr. Inder Jeet said that it is mandatory for every candidate contesting for 90 assembly seats of Haryana Assembly Elections- 2019, to share the complete information about their criminal records, if any, in nomination papers as well as in print and electronic media thrice during the entire election campaign.

Sharing more information, Dr. Inder Jeet said that as per the Election Commission of India guidelines, while filing the nomination papers, every candidate is required to share the mandatory details of their criminal cases against them, if any, or pending cases or cases in which a candidate has been convicted.

He said that it is also mandatory that the candidates, who have criminal cases against them either pending cases or cases in which candidate has been convicted, would publish a declaration about such cases, for wide publicity, in newspapers with wide circulation in the constituency area. This declaration, he said, to be published in Format C-1, atleast on three different dates from the day following the last date for withdrawal of candidatures and upto two days before the date of the poll.

He said that this information should be published in the newspaper with the Commission’s specified font size of 12 and this information should be displayed in the newspaper in a way that is easily readable to the readers.

He further informed that it is mandatory for the candidate to give this information in electronic media also. He informed that this information should be given on TV channels on three different dates from the day following the last date for withdrawal of candidatures and upto a time period of 48 hours ending with the hour fixed for conclusion of poll.

Joint Chief Electoral Officer said that in case if any person is made an election candidate by the recognized political parties and registered unrecognized political parties, then such political parties will have to share the mandatory details about the person’s criminal record on the party website, Newspapers and in electronic media.

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In view of the security arrangements during the Assembly General Elections in Haryana - 2019, as per the directives of the Election Commission of India, the governments of Punjab and Rajasthan have issued orders to declare a dry day in the border areas of Haryana 48 hours ending with the hour fixed for conclusion of poll.

Chandigarh, October 14 - In view of the security arrangements during the Assembly General Elections in Haryana - 2019, as per the directives of the Election Commission of India, the governments of Punjab and Rajasthan have issued orders to declare a dry day in the border areas of Haryana 48 hours ending with the hour fixed for conclusion of poll.

Giving information in this regard, Haryana Chief Electoral Officer Mr. Anurag Agarwal said that on October 10, 2019, the Election Commission in a meeting of officials of security agencies taken by the Commission in Chandigarh had directed to issue this order and following the Election Commission directions, Punjab and Rajasthan governments have issued orders to ban the sale and distribution of liquor in neighboring areas of Haryana. Apart from this, similar orders will also be soon issued by Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, and Chandigarh.

Mr. Anurag Agarwal said that adequate arrangements have been made by all security agencies to ensure law and order remains in place in the State and to conduct the elections peacefully. He said that police blockade is going on across the State and the movement of liquor, cash amount and other items used to lure voters are also being monitored.