The direction came from the high court bench of Acting Chief Justice Jayant Patel and Justice V M Pancholi on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) demanding a stay on the local body polls which took place recently across the state.
The PIL, demanding a stay on the polls, was filed by Gujarat Nagrik Sangathan on November 18, four days before the first phase of polls on six municipal corporations.
According to the PIL, voters were in the dark about the past track record of poll candidates, as their affidavits, containing their income, profession as well as criminal case details (if any), are not uploaded on the SEC website for the general public to view them.
Due to the unavailability of such records online, voters are not being able to take a call about whom to vote, stated the PIL.
During the arguments, the SEC stated in its reply that it requires time to develop IT infrastructure to upload these affidavits.
The SEC also argued that all the affidavits were already pasted on notice boards of each of the ward election offices.

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