The Election Commission has disqualified 120 candidates from contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. All of them had failed to provide details of their expenses during the 2014 General Election and 2017 Assembly elections under Section 10-A of the Representation of People Act, 1952.
The Election Commission, in a communication to the state Chief Electoral Officer, has sought that the list of the disqualified candidates be provided to all Returning Officers in the state before the date of notification of elections.
Confirming the development, Additional Chief Electoral Officer Karuna Raju said “The list is a strong message to non-serious candidates. All election expenses are accountable. Youngsters should know the names of the persons who contested elections non-seriously.”
The candidates who have been debarred for a period of three years each are from Amritsar (9), Jalandhar (10), Ludhiana (17), Pathankot (3), Hargobindpur (3), Jandiala (3), Khadoor Sahib, Bholath and Baba Bakala and other places.
All of them have been disqualified for three years from the date of their cases till 2019 and 2021. As many as 96 candidates have been disqualified to contest any elections till June 2019 from June 2016 onwards. The remaining 24 candidates have been barred from June 2018 till June 2021.