BMC Elections 2017: Summary and Highlights

by Web Desk | Updated: 2017-02-20

Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Maharashtra Election Watch have analysed the self- sworn affidavits of 1641 out of 2275 candidates, who are contesting in the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) Elections, scheduled to be held on 21st February, 2017. There are total 227 seats spread across 227 wards. The rest of the affidavits were not analysed as they were not available or uploaded on the website at the time of making the report.
 
Criminal Background
 
Candidates with Criminal Cases: 216 (13%) out of 1641 candidates analyzed have declared criminal cases against themselves.
Candidates with Serious Criminal Cases*: 154 (9%) out of 1641 candidates analyzed have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.
Party wise candidates with declared criminal cases: 41 (24%) out of 173 candidates from Shiv Sena, 19(11%) out of 171 candidates from Indian National Congress, 39(25%) out of 154 candidates from Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, 23(15%) out of 151 candidates from Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), 19 (14%) out of 132 candidates from Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), 5 (7%) out of 71 candidates from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), 5(8%) out of 60 candidates from Samajwadi Party, 3(7%) out of 45 candidates from All India Majlis- e- Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and 4(11%) out 36 independent candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves.
Party wise candidates with declared serious criminal cases: 28(16%) out of 173 candidates from Shiv Sena, 16(9%) out of 171 candidates from Indian National Congress, 22(14%) out of 154 candidates from Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, 14(9%) out of 151 candidates from Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), 16(12%) out of132 candidates from Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), 4 (6%) out of 71 candidates from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), 4(7%) out of 60 candidates from Samajwadi Party, and 2(4%) out of 45 candidates from All India Majlis- e- Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and 2 (6%) out 36 independent candidates have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.
* Criteria for serious criminal cases
 
Offence for which maximum punishment is of 5 years or more.
If an offence is non-bailable.
If it is an electoral offence (for eg. IPC 171E or bribery).
Offence related to loss to exchequer.
Offences that are assault, murder, kidnap, rape related.
Offences that are mentioned in Representation of the People Act (Section 8).
Offences under Prevention of Corruption Act.
Crimes against women.
 
Detailed Summary of Reports is as under
 
1. Gender Details of Candidates
2. Age Details of Candidates
3. Top 10 Candidates With High Liabilities
4. Top 10 Candidates Who Have Declared High Assets
5. Candidates Who Have Declared Zero Assets
6. Party Wise Candidates With Declared Criminal Cases