Breaking news

Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik’s stand has not softened even after moreAll You Need to Know About Cryptocurrency in India: Trends, Legality and more The Champaran Foundation, in collaboration with InFeed, organised an online more In one of the biggest leaks ever of offshore financial records, the more The Champaran Foundation, in collaboration with InFeed, is inviting entries more The recently concluded German elections on September 26, 2021 have given a more According to latest news reports, China has been on a defense infrastructure more A new line of argument has already come to dominate the public sphere: it’ more The government has gone one step further to detect community spread of the more The government has issued an order to abolish the six allowances, including more Aarogya Setu application launched by NIC is aimed to track COVID-19 affected more SEOUL| South Korea’s unemployment rate was unchanged in April as the more Amid the outbreak of Corona pandemic in the country, Indian government has more Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the nation on Tuesday indicated more Corona infection in the country is taking a macabre form. So far, more than 74 more Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has written a letter to UP more On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a package of Rs 20 lakh more

PMO Starts Working on Common Electoral for All Polls

Common Electoral for all polls

At a time when the nation is engulfed with job losses and increasing cased due to the pandemic, PMO is holding discussions on preparing a common electorals for elections to Lok Sabha, State assemblies and all local bodies in the country.

A meeting was held in this regard on August 13, which was chaired by PK Mishra, the Principal Secretary to PM. As per the reports, two options were discussed in this regard : First, constitutional amendment to Article 243K and 243ZA which deals with the elections to panchayats and municipalities in the state. Second is to persuade the state governments to tweak their respective laws and adopt the EC voters list for municipal and panchayat pols.

Currenly the SECs are free to prepare their own electoral rolls for local body elections and this exercise is not supposed to be coordinated with EC. While majority of the states in the country use EC’s voters list, however states like UP, Uttarakhand, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Odisha, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland have their own electoral rolls for local body polls.

As per the reports, the meeting ended with Mishra asking the Cabinet Secretary to consult the states and suggest the next step within a month.

The pitch for a single voters list is not new. The Law Commission recommended it in its 255th report in 2015. The EC too adopted a similar stance in 1999 and 2004. It had noted that the non-conformity of preparation of electoral rolls by the EC and the SECs causes duplication of the same task between two different agencies. Further, the EC pointed out that it adds to the confusion among voters, since they may find their names present in one roll, but absent in another.

Story Page