One Nation One Election latest update: The Election Commission of India told the Law Commission of India that if given appropriate time, it can implement ‘One Nation, One Election’. Let us tell you what needs to be done for this.
One Nation One Election latest update: The Law Commission of India is working on the formula of holding all the elections simultaneously with the Lok Sabha elections from 2029 by increasing or reducing the tenure of the existing assemblies. Commission sources gave this information on Friday. The government has already constituted a high-level committee to conduct simultaneous elections for the Lok Sabha, State Assemblies and local bodies, hence the Law Commission should consider holding the local body elections along with its existing recommendation for national and state elections. May be asked to include.
Election Commission’s big statement
The Election Commission of India told the Law Commission of India that if given proper time, it can implement ‘One Nation, One Election’, Chairman of the Law Commission of India Rituraj Awasthi said in an interview to a news channel that ‘ Far more meetings are required to finalize any decision on ‘One Nation, One Election’ (ONOP).
Focus on making common voter list
Sources said the Law Commission is preparing a mechanism to ensure a common voter list for the Lok Sabha, Assemblies and local bodies so that the cost of election expenditure can be reduced and the manpower of the country can be utilized in an almost uniform exercise. Which can be done at present by the Election Commission and various State Election Commissions. However, sources also said that the Law Commission’s report on simultaneous elections is not ready as some issues are yet to be resolved.
To ensure simultaneous elections for both state assemblies and Lok Sabha from the year 2029, the commission under Justice Rituraj Awasthi may suggest reducing or increasing the tenure of the assemblies. Sources said a mechanism is being worked out to ensure that once arrangements are made to hold simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, voters go to the polling booth only once to vote for both the elections.
Sources said that since the Assembly and Parliamentary elections are held in different phases, the Commission is also keeping in mind that voters should not visit polling stations more than once to vote for the two elections. He said that the Commission is of the view that Assembly and Parliamentary elections can be held simultaneously and it is only working on modalities for the smooth conduct of the massive democratic exercise.
Government committee is also doing this work
At present, the work of the Commission is to suggest ways to hold Assembly and Lok Sabha elections simultaneously. But the high-level committee headed by former President Ramnath Kovind has been tasked with recommending how Lok Sabha, Assembly and local body elections (Panchayat, Municipality, Zilla Parishad) can be held simultaneously.
One suggestion that the Law Commission can give is that three-tier elections should be conducted in two phases in a year. Lok Sabha and Assembly elections can be conducted in the first phase and local body elections can be conducted in the second phase. Sources said that this is a practical approach keeping in mind the different climatic conditions in the country. In April 2018, the Law Ministry had asked the Law Commission to examine the issue of holding simultaneous elections for the Lok Sabha and state assemblies.