Like individuals, there should be a ceiling on expenditure made by political parties during polls, says an Election Commission draft document based on the 'general agreement' among participants who were part of a recent consultation on electoral reforms.
Tens of thousands of people, some waving Chinese flags, marched through Hong Kong on Saturday to protest against a pro-democracy campaign to blockade the business district unless Beijing grants acceptable electoral reforms.
The Law Commission on Tuesday lamented the "lukewarm" response of political parties to its consultation paper floated last year seeking stakeholders` views to enable it recommend reforms in the present electoral laws.
Amid an ongoing debate on electoral reforms, the Law Commission has asked whether a restriction should be imposed on governments for issuing advertisements highlighting their achievements six months prior to elections.
Civil Society members on Saturday batted for major electoral reforms, including putting a check on freebies to lure voters, and asked political parties to be more transparent and accountable to voters.
Upset over failure of successive governments to bring key electoral reforms, Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi wrote to PM Manmohan Singh and sought his intervention in speeding up the
Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare on Thursday met CEC SY Quraishi and pressed the poll panel to consider implementing the measures suggested by the civil society in the proposed electoral reform process.