NEW DELHI, February 1 (MIC): A one-day National Consultation on Electoral Reforms was organized by the Law Commission of India at Constitution Club, Rafi Marg here today. Justice BP Jeevan Reddy, former chairman, Law Commission of India was the chief guest.
Main issues discussed during the consultation were decriminalization of politics and disqualification of candidates, need to strengthen the provisions relating to the period of disqualification, state funding of election expenses and regulation of conduct of political parties, donations, false affidavits, electronic and print media, enhancement of punishment for electoral offences, and adjudication of election disputes.
During his opening remarks, Justice AP Shah, chairman, Law Commission of India highlighted the importance and significance of the consultation and its integral relationship to promoting democracy and democratic culture.
Dr M Nara Singh, national executive member, CPI from Manipur attended the consultation on behalf of CPI.
During the consultation, he said that the present system of electoral process had brought the criminalization of politics and drew the attention of the Law Commission of India to change the system of the country and to adopt the ‘proportionate electoral system’ practiced in other countries.