Empowering Voters: ‘Know Your Candidate’ App Unveiled by Electoral Commission

Access Criminal Records and Financial Disclosures with Ease for Informed Voting

New Delhi: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has introduced a mobile application to empower and identify criminals in the candidates panel. The app, ‘Know Your Candidate’ (KYC), aims to provide comprehensive information about candidates contesting in each constituency.

During the announcement of the election schedule, Chief Election Commissioner Rajeev Kumar unveiled the KYC app. He stated that this application allows voters to access candidates’ criminal records and financial details independently. It is readily available for download on Google Play and the Apple App Store.

Key Features of the ‘Know Your Candidate’ App

  1. Direct Search: Voters can enter a candidate’s name to access their information.
  2. Criminal Background: The app will display any pending criminal cases against the candidate, including the nature of the alleged offences.
  3. Financial Disclosures: Voters can view the assets and liabilities declared by the candidates.
  4. Previous Records: The app will provide insights into the candidate’s past criminal involvement, if any.

This initiative by the ECI is a significant step towards promoting transparency and enabling voters to make informed decisions. It also aligns with the Commission’s commitment to conducting free and fair elections nationwide.

The Election Commission will hold the 2024 general elections in seven phases, starting on April 19 and ending on June 1. They will count the votes on June 4. Simultaneously, they will conduct assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, and Sikkim, following a multi-phase approach like the previous general elections.

With the ‘Know Your Candidate’ app, the ECI has given voters a powerful tool to scrutinize candidates’ backgrounds, contesting to become their representatives. This initiative reinforces the principles of democratic accountability and empowers citizens to make well-informed choices at the ballot box.

Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma is a seasoned Political Journalist with a deep passion for Indian Politics. With over a decade of experience in the field, he has established himself as a trusted… More »

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