In its second report on electoral reforms that is the second one in a year, the commission has recommended restricting a candidate to contest from one constituency and making the appointment of the CEC and the two ECs through a collegium.
The Commission has also recommended banning Independents from contesting polls besides rejecting the idea of compulsory voting.
The commission has stressed on regulating and restricting government sponsored advertisements six months prior to the date of expiry of the House “to maintain the purity of elections.”
On the issue of electoral finances, it said election expenses incurred or authorised by candidates or their election agents, currently extends from the date of nomination to the date of declaration of results.
This period should be extended to apply from the date of notification of the polls to the date of declaration of results.
The Commission said the Companies Act should be amended to require passing of the resolution authorising the contribution from the company’s funds to a political party at the company’s Annual General Meeting instead of its Board of Directors.
The Commission said the disqualification of a candidate for its failure to lodge an account of election expenses and contributions reports should be extended from the current three year period upto a five year period, so that a defaulting candidate may become ineligible to contest at least the next elections.
RECOMMENDATIONS ON ELECTORAL EFORMS
– Restrict candidates to contest from one constituency only
– Appoint CEC and two ECs through a collegium
– Ban Independents from contesting polls
– Commission rejects the idea of compulsory voting
– Regulating government sponsored ads six months prior to date of expiry of the House
– Period for calculating election expenses of candidates should be extended to apply from the date of notification to date of results
– Amend Companies Act to require AGM resolution for contribution from the company’s funds to a political party