Wrong info in poll affidavits to cost dear

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Bhopal, Oct 30 (UNI) It has been made imperative for every assembly election candidate to submit two affidavits along with his nomination papers in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh.

If any information furnished in these affidavits is found to be wrong or the nominee conceals crucial information, his or her papers will not be rejected but this will make the candidate liable for punishment. He or she may be awarded six months' imprisonment or fine or both, a release from the Chief Electoral Officer's workplace said here today.

As per provisions of the Representation of the People Act, providing erroneous information in the affidavits will cost the nominee dear. However, nomination papers will not be rejected on this ground.

But he or she will become liable for sentencing if he or she provides wrong information about criminal record and moveable and immoveable property or conceals important information.

Under the Act, it will be tantamount to election crime. As per Sub-Sections (1) and (2) of Section 33 of the Act, there is provision of sentence if a candidate gives wrong information deliberately, fails to furnish information and conceals key information, the release added.

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