Simultaneous polls good idea but legal framework, roadmap must: Former CECs | India News

NEW DELHI: Two former chief election commissioners on Friday said the idea of having synchronised polls to Lok Sabha and state assemblies was good but a legal framework and roadmap are must to ensure a smooth conduct of the gigantic exercise.
One of the former CECs said for the Election Commission, simultaneous elections are both convenient and logical. But many argue that frequent elections are not so bad after all.
“The festival of democracy is the festival of the poor as the vote is arguably the only power they have,” said SY Quraishi, who headed the poll panel between July 30, 2010 and June 10, 2012.
OP Rawat, who was the CEC between January 23, 2018 and December 1, 2018 said, “It is possible and could be done. All you need is to make a roadmap and work accordingly. All political parties should come on board on this as amendments won’t be possible without their support.”
He said if all the parties are not on board, then it would send a wrong message to the people and they will be suspicious about it.
Rawat recalled that when the poll panel was asked about simultaneous polls, it had informed the government that ‘One nation, One election’ had happened in 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967.
“So it had happened and it is possible that it could be done again. Secondly, the Election Commission informed that in order to synchronise it again some amendments need to be done in the constitution and Representation of the People Act, 1951.
“Also, more funds need to be allotted for EVMs and the deployment of paramilitary forces during elections needs to be increased. If these things happen then it would be feasible to conduct ‘One nation, One election’,” he said.
Quraishi was of the view that till the debate reaches any conclusion, alternative solutions to curtailment of money and election time must be urgently considered.

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