Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)

CEC Sushil Chandra writes to Centre on pending poll reforms


The present six-month imprisonme­nt does not lead to disqualifi­cation

Chief election commission­er Sushil Chandra has written to law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad requesting for expedited action on the electoral reform proposals pending with the government, including the one which seeks an enhanced two-year jail term for those furnishing incorrect informatio­n in their poll affidavit.

“I have written to the law minister to expedite these proposals and hopefully they will be taken up early by the ministry,” Chandra told PTI.

The letter was sent by the CEC last month.

Enhancing the imprisonme­nt period for those furnishing incorrect details in poll affidavits from existing six months to two years is a key electoral reform proposal of the Election Commission. A two-year jail term could bar the candidate from contesting elections for six years.

“The present six-month imprisonme­nt does not lead to disqualifi­cation,” lamented

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