Time to rescue people from multiple elections: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Our Bureau New Delhi January 25 | Updated on January 26, 2018

Law Minister bats for simultaneous elections to the LS and States

The Union Law and Justice Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, on Thursday called simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies.

Speaking on the 8th National Voters’ Day, the minister said Indians were becoming very election-oriented people.

Pointing out that elections were being held every year, and this year, too, there would be elections in big States such as Karnataka, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, apart from Chhattisgarh and smaller States in the North-East, and the Lok Sabha polls would be held soon after, the Law Minister said: “The time has come to rescue the people from so many elections.”

Interestingly, the newly-appointed Chief Election Commissioner, OP Rawat, had told the media earlier this week that holding simultaneous polls will require a legal framework, including amending the Constitution, which was a time-consuming process. Rawat had declined to say whether simultaneous polls could be conducted in 2019.

President Ram Nath Kovind, who also spoke at the function, exhorted youth voters to be as careful in the exercise of their franchise.

National Voters’ Day is observed on January 25 as the Election Commission was set up on this day in 1950. This year, the celebrations on the day revolved around the theme, ‘Accessible Elections’. The day was celebrated in 7 lakh locations and more than 60,000 millennial voters were felicitated.

Published on January 25, 2018

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