Allow RO to reject nomination paper for half info: EC tells SC

The Election Commission on Monday told the Supreme Court that the Returning Officer should be empowered to reject the nomination paper of a candidate who provides incomplete information by leaving some columns blank in the document.

The EC said providing no information and keeping the column blank stands on a different footing by writing either ‘nil’ or ‘not applicable’ in nomination papers.

‘If a candidate leaves the column blank, the Returning Officer should be allowed to reject the nomination paper,’ advocate Meenakshi Arora, appearing for the EC, submitted before a bench of Chief Justice P Sathasivam and Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai.

She said leaving the column blank confers suppression of facts by the candidates.


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