Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat
Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat

Polls to be conducted as per current system: CEC on simultaneous election

ANI | Updated: Jul 04, 2018 21:25 IST

New Delhi [India], July 4 (ANI): Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat on Wednesday said the Election Commission (EC) will continue to conduct elections under the under the provisions of Constitution of India and Representation of People Act.
"Commission is bound to deliver elections under the provisions of Constitution and Representation of People Act. We will continue delivering elections as per the current system," Rawat said when asked about the idea of 'one nation-one election'.
The Law Commission is expected to hold consultations with all major political parties on July 7 and 8 over the feasibility of conducting both Lok Sabha and state assembly elections simultaneously.
Talks of the feasibility of conducting simultaneous polls have been in discussion for months.
In April, the Law Commission had stated that simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies could be held in two phases from 2019, provided that at least two provisions of the Constitution are amended and ratified by a majority of the states.
Union Minister Arun Jaitley also reiterated the need for conducting simultaneous elections in the country, adding that this would prove beneficial for India.
"From both a governance and expenditure point of view, to have two to three elections every year is a serious challenge. If elections are held every five years, India will see comfortable governance at the Centre and state, and better policy formulation, besides lesser expenditure," Jaitley said. (ANI)

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