“The notification based on the apex court direction is a welcome move and this will bring improved transparency in the electoral process, however, the advertisement released by candidates detailing the criminal cases against them may not influence the voters much,” opined political commentator R Mani. “For instance, Stalin has several defamation suits filed against him by the AIADMK government. Similarly, TTV Dhinakaran has several cases, including the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act, but such cases are already known to voters. Whether foisted or genuine cases, the criminal antecedent of the candidates seems to be a minor factor for the electorates,” he observed. “No candidate is going to narrate the criminal cases booked against them in the advertisement. This will be another electoral procedure for the contesting candidates,” said a former AIADMK MLA who is eyeing a ticket in Chennai.