NEW DELHI: The e-filing of affidavits introduced for the first time in this Lok Sabha election has been a hit among candidates as more than 1,800 registrations have been received by the Election Commission till now.
The affidavits (Form 26) are supposed to be furnished by the candidates at the time of filing of their nomination for contesting a Parliamentary or an Assembly seat. The e-filing of affidavits has been introduced as it allowed an error-free and user-friendly filing of data by a candidate in the electoral race.
A regular affidavit filed by a candidate includes his personal information like details of assets (including movable and immovable properties), properties and accounts under his or her name in a foreign land, liabilities of the candidate, name of the spouse and dependants, educational qualifications and criminal antecedents, if any.
The filing of the affidavit is a mandatory exercise notified by the EC under the Representation of People Act and if it is not done correctly, the Returning Officer has the powers to reject a nomination after which a candidate cannot participate in the election.
The e-filing facility, however, is only optional for candidates this time as it was thought that a number of tech-savvy candidates are entering the poll fray and it could be introduced as a test case.