GS Paper 2
Syllabus: Appointment to various constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various constitutional bodies.
- The Election Commission has made a fresh push for amending the law to bar people from contesting more than one seat.
- It said that if it cannot be done, then a hefty fine should be imposed on those vacating one of the constituencies and forcing a bypoll.
- The Legislative Department is the nodal agency in the government to deal with issues related to the EC.
- As per Section 33(7) of the RPA (Representation of the People Act), 1951, one candidate can contest from a maximum of two constituencies.
- One-Act Negates another: Since no Candidate can represent two Constituencies, the idea of this system appears to be illogical and ironic.
- By-election Strains Public Exchequer: After sacrificing one of the Constituencies, a by-election is automatically triggered immediately after the general election.
- Voters Lose Interest: Repeated elections are not only unnecessary and costly, but they will also cause voters to lose interest in the electoral process.
Recommendations of the Election Commission:
- The Election Commission recommended amending Section 33(7) to allow one candidate to contest from only one seat. It has done so in 2004, 2010, 2016 and 2018.
- A system should be devised wherein if a candidate contested from two constituencies and won both, then he or she would bear the financial burden of conducting the subsequent by-election in one of the constituencies.
Q. Critically analyze the provisions of the Election Law(Amendment) Act, 2021. (10M)
Q. With reference to Election Laws(Amendment) Act, 2021, consider the following statements:
- The language for “wives of service voters” will be replaced by the spouse.
- There will be four qualifying dates for updating voter rolls which include the first day of months of January, March, June and October.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a. 1 only
b. 2 only
c. Both 1 and 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2