Guwahati: Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily on Sunday declared that the committee on electoral reforms will submit the draft proposal to the government either in the monsoon session of the parliament or latest by December. (Agencies)
After chairing the seventh regional consultation meeting on electoral reforms here, Moily told reporters that relevant issues were discussed in the meeting and the committee will
submit its draft proposal by December.
Discussions on the seven most important issues -criminalisation of politics, financing of elections, conduct and better management of elections, regulating political parties, auditing of finances of political parties, adjudication of election disputes and review of the anti-defection law - were held in the day long meeting attended by the Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi and Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.
"We should ensure that the constitutional aspirations are put in place through this unique experiment of regional consultation and we shall form a bill," the Union Law minister
"Our aim is to eradicate corruption in the root itself and the focus will be to give to voice to the common people," Moily said.
On the issue of voters having doubtful origin, the Union Law minister said this was a "serious issue and has to be sorted out."
"The foreigners tribunals are looking into it but the process has been rather slow. Since election in Assam has already been held and the next election is scheduled after five years, we are hopeful that the tribunals will give their decisions before that," Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi, who was present in the press conference, said.
On EVMs and the doubts raised by certain political parties about its proper functioning, the CEC said two regional parties, including one from Assam, had raised objection to its use and and wanted to go back to the ballot system.
"Latest technology will be used and we have referred the case to the committee of Independent experts. Moreover, 200 polling stations have been selected throughout the
country, including one in Meghalaya's Cherrapunjee, to test the EVMs in diverse weather condition in the next two months," he said.
The CEC appreciated the point made in the meeting by Assam Chief Minister that voters in the state were not influenced by money power.
On the ban issued by the church in Mizoram on door to door campaign, Quraishi said it was an example which will be included in the process of law making.
Guwahati: Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily on Sunday declared that the committee on electoral reforms will submit the draft proposal to the government either in the monsoon session of the parliament or latest by December.