Also among pending poll reforms: changing ‘wife’ to ‘spouse’ in election law
GN Bureau | February 19, 2020
The election commission of India (ECI) has been working on a series of electoral reforms, and the agenda includes linking Aadhaar with the electoral roll, considering paid news and false affidavit as electoral offence/corrupt practice, better monitoring the role of print media and social media intermediaries, and more than one qualification date in a year for becoming elector.
The ECI held detailed discussions on various issues of the pending electoral reforms with the legislative department of the ministry of law and justice on Tuesday.
Chief election commissioner Sunil Arora, election commissioners Ashok Lavasa, Sushil Chandra and senior officers of ECI met Narayan Raju, secretary of the department, along with Rita Vashishth, additional secretary and other officers at the meeting.
While welcoming the law secretary and other officers, CEC 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.
He also mentioned that there are more than 40 different proposals of electoral reforms which are pending for long and the ECI was discussing some of these proposals at Tuesday’s meet. “The Commission would like to have such meetings with the Legislative Department at regular intervals to pursue all such pending proposals,” he added.
Raju assured them that they were already examining these proposals.
Matters discussed during the meeting included, among other things,
* More than one qualification date in a year for becoming elector
* Aadhaar 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 Representation of People (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.
Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has launched three state-of-the-art human DNA units under the Nirbhaya Scheme for efficiency in criminal investigations. A wildlife DNA unit in Nagpur makes Maharashtra the country’s first state to have a forensic testing lab for animals.
The Midway Battle: Modi’s Roller-coaster Second Term By Gautam Chintamani Bloomsbury / 400 pages / Rs 699 Gautam Chintamani, a film historian and author, has penned an in-depth chronicle of prime minister Narendra Modi’s second
Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has instructed the Mumbai civic authorities to take immediate action on unauthorized constructions on war footing. In a virtual meeting held on Wednesday, Thackeray said no illegal construction will be tolerated in Mumbai and called upon the BMC to
After extending timings of shops and restaurants as well as the reopening of cinema halls and theatres under specified SOPs from October 22, in view of the festive cheer, the Maharashtra government has allowed restaurants and eateries to remain open till 12AM and shops and establishments to function till 1
Rubbishing the recently released Global Hunger Index 2021, wherein India has slipped to 101 position to be placed below Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh, Arvind Panagariya, professor of economics at Columbia University and former vice chairman, NITI Aayog, has said that data collection and methodologies used
A long life span free from diseases and disability, the so-called healthy aging, has been a matter of prime interest to humanity. It is widely held that the life expectancy is a function of interplay between various genetic and environmental factors. There is scientific evidence to support the fact that on