Right to recall won't work: CEC

Right to recall won't work: CEC

Right to recall won't work: CEC

Opposing the proposal to have a “Right to Recall” as in many developed countries, Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi has said he feel that such amendments to Representation of People Act (RPA) would “destabilise” the country, especially in areas where “people already feel alienated”. However, he said in an interview to a TV channel that he would have a meeting with Anna Hazare later this month to discuss the issue.

On the proposal for a Right to Reject clause in the RPA, Quraishi said that even though the EC has supported introduction of 49-O button in EVMs, the proposal could lead to more frequent elections.

The rule is contained in the Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961, which lays down the procedure when a valid voter decides not to cast his vote, and to record the fact.

“Our main fear is that if we start rejecting all the candidates, we will have another election and people already complain of election fatigue,” Quraishi told the interviewer.

The CEC, is however, open to discussion with  Anna Hazare who has suggested its inclusion. He says that if all candidates spending crores in elections are rejected by the voters, it will discourage them from overspending and will control election expenditure.

“We have an open mind on this. If a proposal leads to that larger good, then we must consider it. I would like to discuss this interesting point and see what are its implications,” said Quraishi.

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