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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 candidate.

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.


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