84.6% candidates lost their security deposits in 2009 General Elections
By India Tomorrow News,
New Delhi, 15 March 2014: In 2009 General Elections 84.6 percent contestants failed to get a minimum of one-sixth of the total valid votes polled, hence lost their security deposits. Out of 8070 contestants in the fray 6829 could not save their deposits.
According to the Election Commission of India rules, a candidate for Lok Sabha election has to make a deposit of Rs 25,000/- at the time of filing the nomination. Candidates from the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes need to pay half of this amount. If the candidate fails to get a minimum of one-sixth of the total valid votes polled, the deposit goes to the treasury.
Total contestants, 8070 for 543 Lok Sabha seats, included 1623 from the National Parties, 394 from the State Parties, 2222 from the unrecognized registered Parties and 3831 Independents. Amongst those who lost their security deposits, 779 were from the National Parties, 80 from the state parties, 2164 from the unrecognized registered parties and 3806 were independents. This meant that roughly, every second aspirant from national parties and every fifth aspirant from state parties could not save their deposits. Also, only 25 independents out of 3831 could secure the requisite number of votes to save their deposits. Overall, a whopping 84.6 percent of the candidates lost their security deposits.
Percentage-wise, about 48% of the seven national parties (BJP, BSP, CPI, CPM, INC, NCP and RJD), 20.3% of the state parties, 97.38% of unrecognized registered parties and 99.34 % of the independent aspirants lost their security money during the 2009 General Elections.
Uttar Pradesh topped the list with 1155 candidates losing their deposits during 2009 General Elections. In the state 1368 candidates were in race for 80 seats of which 242 were from seven national parties, 75 from state parties, 488 from unrecognized registered parties and 563 remaining were independents. Out of these, 95 from the national parties, 19 from the state parties and 479 from unrecognized registered parties lost their deposits. And interestingly, all but one of the 563 independent aspirants forfeited their security money.
Following Uttar Pradesh was the southern state of Tamil Nadu, where out of 823 candidates, who contested for 39 Lok Sabha seats, 745 lost their security deposits. Not far behind was the state of Maharashtra where out of 819 candidates in race for 48 Lok Sabha Seats, security deposits of 705 candidates were forfeited.