‘Anna’s suggestion for recall of MP impractical’
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 15:48
New Delhi: Terming as "impractical" Anna Hazare's suggestion for right to recall an elected MP, Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi today said such a move will lead to "destabilising" the entire system.

"Right to recall in a big country like ours is impractical. It is not easy in a country where candidates are voted by lakhs of voters," he told reporters on the sidelines of the IIMC convocation function here.

He feared that if the right to recall is put in place, "elections will go on happening and the entire system will destabilise".

Quraishi felt the emphasais should be rather on cleansing the election system, barring criminals from contesting elections and encouraging more and more people to come out and vote for the best candidates.

He also did not favour a suggestion for the right to reject candidates in elections saying it is a "difficult task" to implement.

The CEC had earlier said the right of people to reject candidates required a "bit of debate" because a situation of majority of the people rejecting all candidates also has to be considered.

Asked about EC's preparation for the forthcoming elections in Gujarat, he said it has not yet come into their "radar" as polls in the western state are due only next year.

With exit polls already banned, the CEC also recommended banning opinion polls as they affected poll prospects of political parties.


First Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 15:48

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