Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra has written to Legislation Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad requesting for expedited motion on the electoral reform proposals pending with the federal government, together with the one which seeks an enhanced two-year jail time period for these furnishing incorrect data of their ballot affidavit.
“I’ve written to the legislation minister to expedite these proposals and hopefully they are going to be taken up early by the ministry,” Mr Chandra instructed PTI.
The letter was despatched by the CEC final month.
Enhancing the imprisonment interval for these furnishing incorrect particulars in ballot affidavits from present six months to 2 years is a key electoral reform proposal of the Election Fee. A two-year jail time period may bar the candidate from contesting elections for six years.
“The current six-month imprisonment doesn’t result in disqualification,” lamented Mr Chandra.
The Election Fee has additionally proposed making paid information an electoral offence beneath the Illustration of the Individuals Act to offer a robust deterrent in opposition to the malpractice.
The ballot panel, reminded the CEC, has additionally proposed a ban on political commercials in newspapers through the “silence interval” between the tip of marketing campaign and the day of polling in order that the citizens isn’t influenced and may train the franchise with a free thoughts.
The transfer would require adjustments within the Illustration of the Individuals Act.
A committee, tasked with proposing adjustments in electoral legal guidelines coping with campaigning within the 48 hours previous to polling, had really useful a ban on commercials in newspapers on the day of polling.
As of now, solely the digital media is barred from displaying election publicity materials through the 48 hours earlier than conclusion of polling. However the committee really useful bringing the print media beneath the ambit of Part 126 of the Illustration of the Individuals Act, 1951.
The chief election commissioner mentioned one other key proposal pending with the federal government pertains to linking electoral roll with the Aadhaar ecosystem to root out a number of enrolments.
Legislation Minister Prasad had just lately mentioned in written reply to a query in Lok Sabha that the EC proposal was beneath the consideration of the federal government and that this may require amendments to electoral legal guidelines.
“The matter is beneath the consideration of the federal government,” he had mentioned.
In response to the EC proposal despatched in August 2019, the electoral legislation ought to be amended to empower electoral registration officers to hunt Aadhaar variety of present voters in addition to of these making use of to enrol themselves within the voter checklist.
In August 2015, a Supreme Court docket order on Aadhaar had put the brakes on the Election Fee’s challenge to hyperlink Aadhaar quantity with electoral knowledge.
The ballot panel was then gathering Aadhaar quantity as a part of its Nationwide Electoral Roll Purification and Authentication Programme (NERPAP).
Looking for to examine a number of entries in electoral rolls and to make them error-free, the Election Fee had launched into the formidable challenge to hyperlink Aadhaar numbers with electoral knowledge.
For the reason that Supreme Court docket order makes it clear that sanction of legislation is required to gather Aadhaar quantity, the Fee has proposed adjustments in electoral legislation, a ballot panel functionary had just lately defined.
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