Political parties in India need reforms: Election Commissioner

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New Delhi: The Election Commissioner of India Shri. H.S. Brahma was honored and felicitated for recommending direct voting rights to Non Resident Indians by President Delhi Study Group Shri. Vijay Jolly. The CEC was presented with a shawl and a trophy. The program was conducted by social media activist Mrs. Ritu Rathaur.

Speaking on electoral reforms CEC H.S. Brahma stated that India is a vibrant democracy. There are 194 democracies in the world. But India has more than 1600 political parties including 60 recognized state parties. Of these, 164 political parties including 6 recognized national parties in India are active. In the 2014 parliamentary elections out of total 834 million voters nearly 520 million voted. The Indian elections had 1.2 million electronic voting machines and nearly more than 11 million personnel managed this gigantic task claimed Mr. Brahma.

E-voting is no more a distant dream claimed CEC Brahma. India has the capacity to implement electronic voting within a span of three to four weeks. But the safety & security of the technology has to be ensured. Gujarat has already done it. Designated e-voting centers is one of the options. Technology changes every 10 to 20 years. So there is a need for us to change as well. The future elections in India will be tech savvy. Political parties also must reform.

Delhi Study Group President Vijay Jolly in his welcome address strongly advocated “One candidate to stand from Only One Constituency”. This shall save expenditure, time, efforts & harassment to the voters he stated. He also demanded a permanent secretariat for the Election Commission. The independent candidates should not be disbarred. Common electoral rolls for parliamentary, assembly and local body elections, power to disqualify on ground of defection should be with the President or the Governor who shall act on the advise of the ECI instead of the Speaker or the Chairman. Jolly also spoke in favour of introduction of compulsory voting & Lok Sabha and State Assemblies to have fixed 5 years term.

Prominent NRIs namely Vijay Nahata from Vietnam, Raman Chopra from Canada attended. Dy. Mayor Ravinder Gupta called for re-evaluation of rotational system in MCD elections. Surjit Gupta Editor Swaraj Magazine, Rahul Malik Advocate Supreme Court, O.P. Mishra Project Director NDMC and young turk Alok Gupta CMD Graphicads also spoke on the occasion. A lively question & answer session with the CEC was successfully conducted by Mrs. Ritu Rathaur.

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