2019 Lok Sabha Polls should be conducted through ballot papers : Congress

New Delhi, Aug 27 : In all-party meeting convened by the Election Commission, Congress leader Mukul Wasnik has demanded that 2019 Lok Sabha elections should be conducted through Ballot papers  and TMC leader Kalyan Banerjee said there is a  consensus among political parties on the said issue.

AICC General Secretary Mukul Wasnik said, ” Ballot papers should be used in 2019 Lok Sabha polls  as it was adopted by other major democracies to help restore the credibility of the electoral process”.

Comig out in support of Congress ,TMC leader Kalyan Banerjee said, “The use of ballot papers is important for fair and impartial elections. We want to make it clear that we do not consider EVMs as tamper proof.”

The Congress party has once again appealed the poll panel in writing reiterating its demand that the 2019 Lok Sabha elections be conducted using ballot papers instead of EVMs. The party had moved a resolution in this regard in its 84th plenary session in March.

At least 17 parties, including the National Democratic Alliance ally Shiv Sena, have been pitching for returning to ballot papers for fair and impartial elections.

TMC leader Kalyan Banerjee said “there is a consensus among political parties that ballot papers must be used  to conduct 2019 Lok Sabha elections.”

These include the Congress, Trinamool Congress (TMC), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Janata Dal(Secular) (JD-S), Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Samajwadi Party, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Communist Party of India (CPI), YSR Congress, Kerala Congress Mani (KCM) and AIUDF.

The Opposition parties will also point out that the election expenses of political parties must

The main Opposition party’s letter to the commission comes as part of its request to hold the general elections in a transparent manner, news agency ANI said, citing sources. The EC is likely to discuss poll preparedness across the country during the meeting.

also be limited along with the candidates.

The poll panel has called the meeting with seven national and 51 state recognised political parties to discuss various electoral issues such as electoral rolls, limiting political parties’ expenditure and timely submission of annual audited reports by parties among other things.

It also has not mentioned simultaneous polls in its official agenda of the meet released to the press, the issue is likely to come up for discussion. A majority of opposition parties have already told the Law Commission that they do not consider this proposal as practical or desirable.

The agenda for the meeting includes discussion on how to improve “accuracy, transparency and inclusiveness” of electoral rolls, measures to encourage enhanced representation of women in the political process, issues related to expenditure ceiling for parties, timely submission of annual audited reports and election expenditure reports among other things.

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