New Delhi: Election watchdog Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) noted today that there were as many as 114 candidates with criminal cases in the February 7 poll fray.
The ADR in its report, which is an analysis of affidavits of 673 candidates contesting the upcoming polls, also highlighted that 17 percent of the candidates have declared criminal cases, and 11 percent of the candidates had serious criminal cases against them.
#DelhiElections2015 Party-wise candidates with self-declared serious cases BJP 17/69 (25%), AAP 14/70 (20%), INC 11/70 (16%)— ADR India (@adrspeaks) January 30, 2015
ADR also said the BJP is yet to submit its expenditure statement for 2013 Delhi Assembly polls to the Election Commission.
"The total funds collected by national parties during (2013) Assembly elections was Rs 94.72 lakh and total expenditure incurred by them was Rs 232 lakh. BJP, however, has not submitted its statement till date," Jagdeeo Chhokar, founder member of ADR, said at a press conference here.
"The AAP was an unrecognised party at the time of 2013 polls and is thus not required to submit an account of its election expenditure. However, in a letter to the ECI dated February 22, 2014, AAP had requested for a grace period of 15 days but the ECI hasn't received the statement yet," he said.
Political parties are required to submit a statement of election expenditure to the Election Commission within 75 days of completion of Assembly elections, ADR said.
The expenditure statement contains details of the total amount received as funds in the form of cash, cheques and demand drafts and the total amount spent under various heads.
#DelhiElections Party-wise Crorepatis INC 59/70 (84%), BJP 50/69 (72%), AAP 44/70 (63%), Avg. Assets per candidate Rs. 3.32 Crores.— ADR India (@adrspeaks) January 30, 2015