TDP pitches for electoral reforms

Last Updated: Monday, January 25, 2010 - 22:12

New Delhi: TDP on Monday pitched for electoral
reforms, saying steps should be taken to curtail the use of
money and muscle power in elections.

"We are for electoral reforms. Criminality, liquor, use of
money and muscle power very much exist in elections. So these
needed to be curtailed," TDP Parliamentary Party leader Nama
Nageswara Rao told reporters here.

Rao said the Election Commission, which is celebrating its
60 years of existence, should also make sure that voting
percentage in the elections do not remain low.

"The voting percentage always remains 60 per cent or low.
This means that about 40 per cent have not exercised their
democratic rights. For example, in Jubilee Hills area of
Hyderabad where people are very much educated, voter turn out
is 27 per cent. This area remains a concern," the Khammam MP
said.

The issue of malfunctioning of EVMs, manufactured by
government controlled BCL and ECL, should be discussed and the
EC should organise a meeting of the parties on the matter, he
added.

PTI



First Published: Monday, January 25, 2010 - 22:12

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