For the first time in the electoral saga of the country, candidates would have an option of e-filing of affidavits in the forthcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly polls.

The mandatory affidavits (Form 26) to be submitted at time of filing of nomination papers includes information on the candidate's details of assets (including movable and immovable properties), properties and accounts name in a foreign land, liabilities of the candidate, name of the spouse and dependents, educational qualifications criminal antecedents, if any.

According to procedures notified by the EC, after filing the affidavit online, a candidate has to provide the Returning Officer an attested hard copy.

The EC had late last year run a pilot-project in two Assembly constituencies before deciding to roll it out in a full-fledged manner for the upcoming general elections.