Express Exclusive: CEC to write to PM on delayed poll reforms

A national consultation on electoral reforms was scheduled to be held on April 2 last year.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 13, 2012 12:52:54 am

Having waited almost a year for the government to initiate the process of carrying out electoral reforms,Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi has decided to write to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tomorrow to seek his intervention.

“I am writing to the Prime Minister tomorrow reminding him of this long-pending thing (electoral reforms). There is a national consultation on the subject which is also pending,” Quraishi said today during the Idea Exchange programme at The Indian Express.

Quraishi said the EC had expected the Bill aimed at amending the Representation of Peoples Act to be introduced in Parliament during the ongoing Budget Session. “But it is not there in the list of business,” he said.

A national consultation on electoral reforms was scheduled to be held on April 2 last year. But it was postponed to June,when it was again put off indefinitely due to the Anna Hazare movement.

“I told Anna that his movement has given a setback to our efforts at electoral reforms. We had brought it to a definite stage but it got postponed because of his agitation,” said the CEC. He expressed the hope that the government would speed up the process following his letter to the PM tomorrow.

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