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Notify disqualification of convicted MP, MLAs within two weeks: Election Commission

In a letter, the poll panel has directed that the Speaker of Parliament or Assembly should be informed of the conviction of an MP or MLA within seven days of the court order.

Taking note of delays in notifying the disqualification of convicted lawmakers, the Election Commission of India (EC) has now directed Parliament and state legislatures to wind up this process within two weeks.

In a letter sent last week, the poll panel has directed that the Speaker of Parliament or Assembly should be informed of the conviction of an MP or MLA within seven days of the court order and the subsequent disqualification should also not take more than a week.

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“The Supreme Court order is quite clear, conviction should lead to immediate disqualification. But we have noticed that the state legislatures have issued these orders very late, sometimes after a month after conviction… Hence we have now clearly defined the period within which disqualification has to be notified,” said an EC official.

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First published on: 19-10-2015 at 01:03:35 am
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