CEC says right to recall is `impractical`

Last Updated: Friday, November 11, 2011 - 23:27

Kolkata: Chief Election Commissioner SY
Quraishi on Friday ruled out social activist Anna Hazare`s demand
for right to recall saying this was not practical in a country
like India.

"We have made it clear that right to recall is not a very
practical idea for India. If a representative is elected for
five years he will remain for five years in our system," he
told reporters at the sidelines of the Maulana Azad Memorial
Lecture here.

Quraishi said the right to recall could also lead to
instability when 2,000 or 5,000 people, not even 50,000
people, would get together and demand recalling a
representative who had been elected by four lakh voters.

Thus if a representative secured four lakh votes, the
recall process would ultimately take away the democratic
rights of four lakh voters, he said. "This will be a misuse of
power and thus could not be applicable in India."

"I held a discussion on this with Team Anna... It was a
very cordial meeting. I made it clear to them and hope they
are convinced," he said.


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First Published: Friday, November 11, 2011 - 23:27

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