Govt refers CEC’s letter to Parl panel

Govt has referred the letters of CEC N Gopalaswami seeking changes in the selection procedure in the appointment of CEC and other ECs to a Parliamentary Committee for its opinion.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: February 11, 2009 3:01:41 pm

Government has referred the letters of Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami seeking changes in the selection procedure in the appointment of CEC and other ECs as also a ten-year bar on them from entering politics after retirement to a Parliamentary Committee for its opinion.

However,there is no official word on the status of the controversial recommendation of the CEC for the removal of Election Commissioner Navin Chawla,though Law Minsiter H R Bhardwaj has rejected it and had indicated that Chawla will be the next CEC.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice is likely to consider these two issues at its next meeting scheduled for February 16,sources said.

Besides the two communications,another letter seeking introduction of a “totaliser” mechanism for votes polled through the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) has also been referred to the Committee.

“We have received three letters from the Law Ministry. We will place them before the Committee for its consideration at its next meeting on February 16,senior Congress MP E M Sudarsana Natchiappan,heading the Committee,said.

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