In the local bodies polls of 37 local bodies in Madhya Pradesh which is slated for August 11, the voters will be able to see details like criminal records, assets, and liabilities of the contestants at every polling booth.

A public relations department officer stated that the Madhya Pradesh State Election Commission (SEC) had issued a circular directing the officials to display the affidavit of the contestant vying for the post of President or corporator.

The official said the decision was taken as voters have the right to know the details which the candidates have filed in the affidavits during the election process.

"Through this way, voters would be able to see the details of the candidates before casting the vote," the officials said.

Activists in the state fighting for voters' rights have welcomed the decision, reports PTI.

"We welcome the decision because the voters can take an informed decision. They will now be able to check the candidates' antecedents before entering to polling station," said Rolly Shivhare, Madhya Pradesh convener of Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).

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