According to an analysis of candidates’ data by UP Election Watch, only seven candidates in the fray are illiterate. In contrast, 60% of the 2,195 candidates whose affidavits were scrutinised have a graduation or higher educational degree. In a first, UP elections has also seen 66 candidates with a doctorate degree entering the political fray. A total of 597 candidates are testing political waters in UP’s election 2012.
The Election Commission added a record 53 lakh first-time voters to the electoral rolls. Now, an analysis of candidate profiles suggests 2012 has seen the highest number of candidates, aged less than 40 years, contesting the elections.