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.
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.
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.
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.
BJP leader LK Advani on Thursday batted for compulsory voting, saying it was not an impossible task to achieve.
The Commonwealth Network of National Election Management Bodies discussed ways to increase voters` participation.
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.
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