Monday, January 30, 2012

EC asks govt take up electoral reforms in Parliament session

EC asks govt take up electoral reforms in Parliament session

Asking the government to take up electoral reforms in the coming session of Parliament, Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi on Sunday said, the time has come to consider the Right to Reject proposal.

The CEC rejected the suggestion for state funding of elections, saying this will only further add to the problem and not curb the use of money power in elections.

Speaking at a panel discussion on electoral reforms, Mr. Quraishi said, time has come for us to consider the Right to Reject proposal but said, further discussion was required to prevent political parties from fielding criminal candidates in elections.

Under this proposal, voters will have the right to reject all the candidates in the fray if they find none to be suitable.

The CEC said, a number of electoral reforms have been pending with the government and sought a beginning in this regard.

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