Make bribery of voters a cognizable offence: CEC to govt
New Delhi: In the wake of making election process more transparent and free of monetary anomalies, the Chief Election Commissioner of India, Nasim Zaidi stressed on importance of change in the electoral laws.
The EC has written to the law ministry, seeking to make large scale bribery of voters a cognizable offence during polls.
He also focused on reviewing and bringing amendments in the Representation of the People Act (RPA) to meet the challenges faced by the Election Commission.
Zaidi was addressing the National Interactive Conference on Electoral Laws on Saturday.
What Zaidi said?
- Various issues and challenges have been thrown up before EC from time to time.
- EC should undertake comprehensive review of the RP Act.
- EC’s main objectives are to strengthen constitutional democracy and promote democratic electoral processes.
- Forty seven proposals have been kept before the competent authorities and are scrutinized.
- Among the recommendations include - decriminalisation of politics, prevention of abuse of money, transparency in funding of political parties, making bribery a cognizable offence, criminalising paid news, empowering ECI to countermand election in cases of bribery and abuse of money in election on the lines of countermanding in event of booth capturing.