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CEC rightly ruled out the possibility of 'compulsory voting'
The Chief Election Commissioner on October 19, 2016, in his address at an international conference on voter awareness in New Delhi rightly ruled out 'compulsory voting' as not so practical. But voting-percentage can and should be increased by converting 'None-of-the-above' (NOTA) into Right-To-Reject' with some practical riders.

Large number of voters avoid going to polling-booths because in the present system muscle and money power force voters to select best of worst! Disabling all those defeated to NOTA for life-time make political parties field good candidates only. Also many deserving ones who avoid contesting with undesired contestants, will volunteer themselves to contest elections.

However, the NOTA button on Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) may be disabled in case of re-election caused due to NOTA winning, to avoid chain of re-elections with NOTA winning in subsequent re-elections.

Simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabhas are favoured by all, and an initial investment of Rs 9000 crores on new EVMS for the purpose will result in much more saving ultimately.

But it is possible only by avoiding mid-term elections caused due to unstable governments and hung assemblies where Prime Minister/Chief Minister may be elected simultaneously with Speaker and Deputy Speaker by all members of the lower House by secret vote through Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) on nomination signed by at least 34-per cent members.

Such an elected Prime Minister/Chief Minister may only be removed by a no-confidence motion passed through same procedure but with compulsion to name alternate leader in the same motion. Members remaining absent from voting may lose their voting-right in the House though retaining membership. Also terms of state-assemblies may be reduced/increased upto one year so as to hold elections of such state-assemblies with those of Lok Sabha.

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