‘Poll funds come from looting of govt treasury’

Most of the funds that come for elections in India are from the "looting" of government treasury, former CEC JM Lyngdoh claimed on Saturday.

Last Updated: Nov 27, 2011, 23:50 PM IST

Ahmedabad: Most of the funds that come for
elections in India are from the "looting" of government
treasury, former Chief Election Commissioner JM Lyngdoh
claimed on Saturday.

"Most of the funds that come for elections are from loot
of treasury in India and this is what we have to stop,"
Lyngdoh said addressing the IIM-A`s annual business summit
Confluence-2011 here.

"It is stolen from the government treasury the moment a
government is installed (comes to power). The first thing that
they do is they attack those budgetary provisions like
irrigation department," he said.

"The EC or any other institution of the country shall be
incapable from preventing that money to be used in elections,"
Lyngdoh said.

The former CEC also stated that EC has not tasted much
success to stem the flow of black money into elections.

"Election Commission has not been successful in stemming
the flow of money, and why we can`t expect them to do that is
for a simple reason that there is so enormous amount of black
money generated for elections and is always used," he said.

Referring to measures that can be taken to stop flow of
black money into elections, Lyngdoh suggested that
first-past-the-post (FTTP) system should be implemented.

In first-past-the-post system, voting refers to an
election won by the candidate(s) with the most votes.

The winning candidate does not necessarily receive an
absolute majority of all votes casted.

PTI