‘Anna’s suggestion for recall of MP impractical’

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.

PTI



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

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