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EC should "take over" party elections: Lyngdoh

Former CEC JM Lyngdoh said that Election Commission should have a say in the organisational elections of the political parties.

Panaji: Presenting a radical idea which may
trigger a debate, former Chief Election Commissioner J M
Lyngdoh on Saturday said that Election Commission should have a say
in the organisational elections of the political parties, and
the party constitutions must be in line with the Constitution
of India.

"EC should take over these elections and make the matters
transparent," he said.
Lyngdoh, known as a no-nonsense CEC during his tenure,
also said that civil society members should be nominated as
observers during the party elections.

He was here to participate in a workshop on `Role of
Electoral Reforms in Good Governance`.

Responding to a question on Electronic Voting Machines
(EVMs) and their reliability, Lyngdoh said that "anything is

"You can remove the chip and put your own chip to it.
But then if you (can) do it, you are taking over entire
elections," he said.

Praising the EVM makers, he said that the machine was so
cheap that nobody wanted to buy it. "Since it is cheap, there
cannot be any kickbacks (in purchase process), so nobody
(governments) wants to buy it," he said, adding that even
Bhutan is using Indian machines without any modification.

Lyngdoh also said that more than the `paid news`, what
was more worrying was the big players buying a media pie.
"There are some very big players in the media. They have big
money and they are in different newspapers and channels."
The former Chief Election Commissioner also said that the
EC need not campaign to encourage youth to enrol as voters.

"We are not running a tamasha. I don`t think it is the
job of the EC, or any state institution."


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