New Delhi: The Election Commission has
decided to withdraw its proposal for setting up an autonomous
body for imparting electoral training to professionals within
and outside the country as it gives "no additional benefit".
In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Chief
Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi, while noting the
government`s support to India International Institute of
Democracy & Election Management (IIDEM), said that the
proposal for establishing an independent autonomous society
for it be withdrawn.
"...The Commission has decided to request the Government
to treat the Commission`s proposal for creation of an
autonomous society for IIDEM as withdrawn," Quraishi said in
He said that the EC had taken a fresh look at its
proposal to register IIDEM as a `society` under the Societies
Registration Act, 1860 after recent consultations with
Department of Expenditure and feedback from Ministry of Law
"...The Commission has considered that there is no
additional benefit, rather there is a potential for
operational constraints for the fledgling institute if it is
made into a society," the CEC said.
The proposed setting up of IIDEM as an independent
autonomous body had raked up a controversy, with Law Minister
Salman Khurshid, who had opposed it, and Chief Election
Commissioner S Y Quraishi involved in a face-off on the issue.
Khurshid had earlier shot down a proposal of the poll
panel to grant independent status to the IIDEM and Quraishi
had taken strong objection to the rejection by the Law