Relook needed in twin nomination and a few other redundant election rules
The Voters Party has filed a public interest writ before the Supreme Court seeking to quash provisions of the Representation of the People Act which permits a candidate to contest election from two constituencies.
If the candidate wins from both the
constituencies from where he/she contested, definitely vacates one of
the seats forcing an un-warranted bye-election and its related
expenses as well as the twin nominations distort people's faith. The
provisions are very often misused by the contestants as a security at
the cost of the general public by forcing a burden on them by the
Other issue, which needs the Supreme
Court's attention, is, a voter listed in a particular part
number/polling station of an assembly segment under a parliamentary
constituency cannot cast his/her voter from any other polling station
in the same assembly segment, other than where he/she is listed.
But, a candidate who is also a voter of a particular polling
station in an assembly segment and parliament constituency is allowed
to contest from wherever he/she wants and allowed to cast the vote
from the native polling station. Why such discrimination?
Seldom one finds that the voters' list
preparation and allotment of polling booth is irrational, person
listed under one division in the assembly segment has to cast the
vote in a polling station in the other division of the same assembly
segment for which nothing is done by the Election Commission, even
after repeated complaints.
One expects a ruling from the apex
court on the issues of twin nominations and other matters. A relook
is the need of the hour on all election related issues.