NEW DELHI: Election Commission of India (ECI) made it mandatory for political parties to explain the reasons why candidates with a criminal past is selected for elections.
This is part of their move to make elections more transparent for the sake of voters.
ECI made this announcement as the schedule of voting for assembly elections is announced in five states.
"It is mandatory for political parties to upload on their website detailed information regarding individuals with pending criminal cases selected as poll candidates," said Sushil Chandra, chief election commissioner.
Information will be uploaded on Election Commission's Know Your Candidate web page.