Candidates Contesting Elections To Declare Sources Of Income Of Their Family As Well

| February 17 , 2018 , 16:14 IST

The Supreme Court on Friday made it compulsory for candidates contesting elections to declare their as well as their spouse’s sources of income while filing nominations. The decision has been welcomed by the Election Commission of India which says the move will bring transparency.

A Supreme Court bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar said that candidates must reveal their and their families’ interest or stake in government contracts.

The judgment reads, "The information regarding the sources of income of the candidates and their associates, would in our opinion, 40 certainly help the voter to make an informed choice of the candidate to represent the constituency in the legislature,"

"To contest an election for becoming a legislator, a candidate does not require the consent of all the voters except the appropriate number of proposers being electors of the constituency. But to get elected, every candidate requires the approval of the ‘majority’ of the number of voters of the constituency choosing to exercise their right to vote. Hence, voters have a fundamental right to know the relevant information about the candidates to make an informed and rational choice of their representative." SC further added.

Directing the Election Commission to roll out improvements in the selection frame, the Apex court said non-disclosure of such information would be a corrupt practice under the law and ground for a lawmaker’s disqualification.

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News reports say that on 16 February 2018 , SC of India has directed that all candidates contesting elections would have to disclose sources of their income along with that of their family members. This direction can be found implied in this Vedic astrology writer’s prediction in article - “Astrologically speaking , some highlights for India in coming year 2018” - published last year at , simultaneously at on 19 October , 2017. The related text of the prediction in said article reads as here :- “ The year 2018 looks to be bringing to focus themes of political , religious or spiritual nature for a heightened or sharp analysis or discussion. Such analysis or discussion could also pave way for new enactments or judicial pronouncements having far reaching significance or value , covering issues related to women , religion and political class”.