Election Commission meets Law Ministry’s Legislative Dept on pending electoral reforms

New Delhi: The Election Commission of India (ECI) yesterday held detailed discussions with the Legislative Department of the Ministry of Law and Justice on various issues of pending electoral reforms. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora; Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra; and senior officers of ECI met Narayan Raju, Secretary of the Department, along with Rita Vashishth, Addl. Secretary, and other officers at the meeting.

Welcoming the Law Secretary and other officers of the Ministry, CEC Sunil Arora thanked the Department for facilitating postal ballot facilities for PwD and electors of above 80 years and electors belonging to essential services by the recent amendment in the Conduct of Election Rules on ECI’s recommendation.

Arora also mentioned that there are more than 40 different proposals of electoral reforms which are pending since long and the Commission is at present discussing some of these proposals. “Commission would like to have such meetings with Legislative Department at regular intervals to pursue all such pending proposals,” he said.

Matters discussed during the meeting inter alia included: More than one qualification date in a year for becoming Elector; Aadhar linkage with electoral roll; Paid news and false affidavit as electoral offence/corrupt practice; Print media and social media intermediaries to be covered under Section 126 of the RP Act 1951; Substituting the term ‘wife’ by ‘spouse’ in the RP Act 1951 to facilitate electoral registration to the spouse of women service officials in the category of service voter; amendment in Contribution Form. Secretary of the Legislative Department, Narayan Raju, assured that they are already examining these proposals.

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