Updated: May 14, 2021 4:54:41 am
PUSHING FOR wide-ranging reforms — from strengthening legal framework to ensure compliance of Covid-19 protocols to regulating poll expenditure by political parties — the Election Commission of India (EC) Thursday set up a core-committee to identify and address issues.
“Election Commission of India in furtherance for continuing reforms process has decided to set up a Core Committee headed by Secretary General, ECI, to identify learning, experiences, shortcomings from recently Poll-gone States of Assam, Bihar, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and UT of Puducherry,” it said in a statement.
The move comes after the EC faced flak for its conduct of the Assembly polls, including for failing to ensure that political parties followed Covid-19 protocol during campaigning. It identified nine issues during the elections.
The committee is tasked with identifying shortcomings in the regulatory framework of EC, and gaps in implementation and enforcement at the level of state chief electoral officers and district officials. It will also look into “shortcomings in existing framework in providing protection to electoral machinery from possibility of reprisal after elections.”
The committee, to be headed by Secretary General Umesh Sinha, is expected to table its report to EC in a month. It will comprise DECs of ECI and CEOs of five states that went to the polls, besides select special observers and observers.
“Recommendations of the Core Committee will help the Commission to chalk out way forward for forthcoming polls in future,” the EC stated.
It will also take inputs from state nodal officers of different divisions such as Police, Expenditure, Health as well as from some DEOs, SPs anhd ROs identified by CEOs, polling officials and BLOs about issues and challenges faced at the grassroots levels while finalising the EC’s recommendations, the statement said.
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