Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

BJP yet to make up its mind on joint elections

Why EC And BJP Government Wants To Hold Lok Sabha And Assembly Elections Together By September 2018 Source The Indian Express
Kenny Thornton | 06 October, 2017, 12:03

"Similarly, in the year 2015, the model code was imposed for about 3 months - 2 months when the elections to the State Assembly of Bihar and Delhi were held".

Stating that VVPAT ensures transparency in the voting process, the election commissioner cited an example of recently conducted elections in Goa.

Lok Sabha secretary general Subhash C Kashyap had earlier told the Times of India that the syncing process would be "gradual" as it would be hard to get opposition parties to give up their tenure in the state assemblies, especially if the state is poll-bound in a year's time.

Worth mentioning, Rawat had said the EC can hold the simultaneous election by the end of next year when it will have all the logistics ready.

By September 2018 the Election Commission of India will be logistically equipped to conduct Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections simultaneously, said Election Commissioner O P Rawat while talking to media persons here on Wednesday.

The government will have to address the issue of what happens if a state government does not complete a term.

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"We will be logistically ready to hold simultaneous polls by September 2018 but it is up to the government to take a decision and make necessary legal amendments for it."

Holding elections to both Parliament and state assemblies cold help save in expenditure and reduce financial burden on the government and political parties.

CPI leader D Raja alleged that the Election Commission was "toeing" the BJP line on holding simultaneous polls to the Lok Sabha and assemblies and termed the proposal as "not feasible".

The announcement by the poll panel came days after it issued a formal direction that VVPAT or paper trail machines would be used at polling stations in all future elections. Only Mizoram will left with assembly election due in December next year. And now EC will use the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail machines for the elections.

The Commission has also sought funds from the Centre for news VVPATs and EVMs to hold simultaneous elections. Polls for the remaining four states are slated to be held with the general elections.

Narendra Modi has a tough task ahead, as far as simultaneous elections are concerned.

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