Weigh pros and cons of simultaneous polls: CM

  • Weigh pros and cons of simultaneous polls: CM

Weigh pros and cons of simultaneous polls: CM

In December this year, Gujarat will elect his next government, Karnataka goes to poll in May 2018 while Himachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura will also complete their election process before September 2018.

A Niti Aayog report has made a case for the proposed simultaneous elections to the state assemblies and Lok Sabha.

"When you have elections simultaneously for the state legislatures and for Parliament, then a kind of situation comes where elections have to be advanced in some of the states", he told reporters. The authors also wrote that constitutional amendments will be required for the implementation of the proposed system of elections.

The Centre has been mulling over aligning the upcoming state elections, scheduled to be held in November-December 2018, with the Lok Sabha elections 2019.

On Wednesday, Election Commissioner O.P. Rawat said the Election Commission will be ready by September 2018 to hold simultaneous elections to state assemblies and the Lok Sabha.

"Articles 83 (2) and 172 (1) do not allow the Lok Sabha and state assembly terms to extended beyond five years and Article 356 allows the union government to dismiss a state government in case of law and order failure", the official added.

Another question which is raised is that whether Modi will himself want simultaneous elections next year, especially when a negative perception against the current government is slowly spreading across the country. Interestingly, BJP has been pushing for simultaneous polls but the opposition parties are not on the board. "It can not depend on the whims and fancy of individuals. This is not a democracy", Karat said.

"In response, the EC had asked for funds to purchase new EVMs and VVPAT machines". This impacts development programs and governance due to the imposition of Model Code of Conduct by the Election Commission.

Several Congress leaders had been of the view that the government could advance the Lok Sabha polls and hold it along with Assembly polls in MP, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh by the end of next year.

The prime minister and the BJP had been pressing for simultaneous elections to help save time and the country's resources.