Non-disclosure of every asset owned by an election candidate would not amount to a defect as to his nomination: SC

The Supreme Court (SC), while dealing with the issue of whether an election candidate’s nomination can be considered as defective on the ground of his failure to disclose information regarding certain assets owned by him, has held that “every defect in the nomination cannot straightaway be termed to be of such character as to render its acceptance improper…” The SC noted that an election can be held void on the ground of the defect in candidate’s nomination only if such non-disclosure has materially affected the outcome of the election.