Right to recall will risk political stability: CEC

Last Updated: Monday, December 12, 2011 - 21:59

Shimla: Chief Election Commissioner SY
Quraishi on Monday rejected social activist Anna Hazare`s demand
for right to recall or reject saying the move would endanger
political stability in the country.

"Political stability is the need of the hour at the
moment and the provision of right to recall or reject will
endanger it," he said in an informal chat with mediapersons
here.

"There is need for voters to judiciously exercise their
franchise and once it happens there will be no need for
provisions like right to recall or reject," the CEC said.

"But all these matters should be decided in Parliament
and not at Jantar Mantar," Quraishi said in an oblique
reference to Anna Hazare`s agitation.

Quraishi, who was in Shimla to attend the 19th
convocation of Himachal Pradesh University, said the file on
the proposed electoral reforms was on the table of the Central
government which is "seriously contemplating a revamp".

He said the government, among other things, was mulling
to incorporate provisions to debar persons with criminal
background from contesting elections.

"These reforms will bring more transparency in the
electoral process and provide more rights to the voters," said
Quraishi.

PTI



First Published: Monday, December 12, 2011 - 21:59

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