Added on : 2019-04-11 11:39:49
Going into phase one, a total of 17% of candidates of the 1,266 candidates being analysed have a criminal record against them. A total of 12% of all candidates have serious criminal cases against them. This phase will also witness 12 candidates who have been convicted under various offences. These candidates have been convicted of offences including fraud, cheating and even bouncing of cheques.
Candidates with criminal cases: 213 criminal cases out of 1266, 146 serious criminal cases out of 1266.
Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) defines serious criminal cases are:
- Punishments of 5 years or more or it is non-bailable
- Electoral offences (such as bribery)
- Assault, murder, kidnap or rape
- Offences mentioned under the Representation of People’s Act, 1951
- Offences of corruption, under the Prevention of Corruption Act
It is also worth noting that of the 213 offences committed, 146 – or 70% – of the offences committed are serious ones. 40% of the YSRCP’s candidates have serious criminal charges against them; the Congress having 27%. Almost 40% of constituencies – 37 out of 91 of them – are fielding candidates with more than 3 criminal cases against them.