Gowda said though he appreciated the intention of the members, it would not be possible for the government to introduce compulsory voting and penalise those who failed to exercise their franchise.Feb 26, 2016, 21:56 PM IST
The Gujarat High Court on Friday stayed the implementation of a law that makes voting compulsory in the civic body elections in the state.Aug 21, 2015, 16:04 PM IST
A private member's bill proposing compulsory voting on Friday found mixed response in Lok Sabha with a number of members supporting the measure while some others terming the idea as "impractical".Apr 24, 2015, 20:53 PM IST
People of Gujarat might have to compulsorily exercise their franchise or face penal action in local body polls to be held in October, as the state government is likely to notify rules for the controversial provision before those elections.Apr 12, 2015, 01:36 AM IST
Former Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi on Saturday said educating people about the importance of exercising their franchise would prove much more effective than formulating laws which force them to vote.Nov 15, 2014, 21:36 PM IST
Strongly condemning the Gujarat government's move to make voting compulsory, Janata Dal (United) on Thursday termed it as "undemocratic and infringement" in the liberty of the citizen.Nov 13, 2014, 18:14 PM IST
LK Advani on Sunday batted for introduction of compulsory voting in the country and said those failing to exercise their right to franchise should be barred from voting in future.Apr 20, 2014, 20:13 PM IST
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday advocated electoral reforms including introduction of right to reject and compulsory voting, saying these measures would bring good people to politics.Jun 29, 2013, 22:59 PM IST
BJP leader LK Advani on Thursday batted for compulsory voting, saying it was not an impossible task to achieve.Jan 26, 2012, 14:57 PM IST
The Commonwealth Network of National Election Management Bodies discussed ways to increase voters` participation.Jun 16, 2011, 23:20 PM IST
A bill seeking mandatory
voting in local body polls was passed again on Monday by the
Gujarat govt in its original form despite Governor Kamla
Beniwal questioning its constitutional validity.
Election Commission on Wednesday made it
clear that it`s impossible to have compulsory voting in the
country, given the large scale workforce in the unorganised
Observing that voting
percentage among the educated section was far lower than that
in the lower rungs of society, senior BJP leader L K Advani
has favoured compulsory voting as a remedial measure.
Chief Election Commissioner Navin
Chawla on Wednesday said it was "not feasible" to have compulsory
voting in an election held on a national scale but left it to
Parliament to decide.
BJP President Nitin Gadkari on Monday
batted for making voting in elections compulsory but only
after a consensus was arrived at among political parties.
Compulsory voting is nothing but
autocracy, said Congress general secretary and former Chief
Minister of Madhya Pradesh Digvijay Singh here.