Lokpal has no link with election process: ECI

CEC SY Quraishi on Wednesday said that the debate on Lokpal Bill does not have any link with the Election Process.

Last Updated: Dec 28, 2011, 18:16 PM IST

Chandigarh: Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi on Wednesday said that the debate on Lokpal Bill does not have any link with the Election Process as the model code of conduct does not apply to Parliament.
Answering a question from a reporter here this evening
regarding the passage of the Lok Pal bill by the Parliament
influencing the voters in five states, including Punjab, where
assembly elections are to be held early next year, Quraishi
said, "Model Code of Conduct does not apply on Parliament."

The CEC was here with an Election Commission team to
review preparations for the election to the 117-member Punjab
assembly on January 30.
He further said, "In it (discussion and passage of the
Lok Pal bill) all parties are involved. Lokpal Bill has no
link with the election process."

"Parliament is an independent and Constitutional body
which enjoys total autonomy and Model Code of Conduct is not
applicable on it," he added.

PTI