New Delhi: Taking cognisance of the possibility of holding simultaneous Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, the Law Commission on Thursday said that it has suggested certain changes in the constitution to be able to conduct elections in this manner. It also held that the current framework of our constitution makes it impossible to conduct simultaneous elections. The Commission also ensured that amendments to the Constitution and other statutes were kept to the barest minimum. Also Read - MP: Ward Boy Attempts to Rape Patient at COVID Care Centre in Gwalior, Held
Notably, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Om Prakash Rawat on Tuesday dismissed early Lok Sabha elections in December this year along with the state Assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram and Chattisgarh. In an exclusive interview to a news channel, Rawat said, “Machines have to be supplied till September end. It would not be possible to get the first level check in such a short time.” Also Read - MP: 12 COVID Patients Die Due To Oxygen Shortage at Shahdol Govt Hospital
However, Rawat clearly stated that the EC would be prepared to hold five state assembly elections with 2019 Lok Sabha polls in May 2019. “Once the necessary changes are made in the Representation of People’s Act, not much time is required to hold simultaneous elections. We will then need to make arrangements for adequate EVM’s and Central Paramilitary Forces for the purpose,” Rawat told News 18. Also Read - Over 800 Remdesivir Injections 'Stolen' From Hamidia Hospital in Bhopal, Case Registered
Earlier also Rawat had a word of caution on simultaneous polls when he recently said that the legal framework required for holding of the two elections together will take a lot of time to get ready. “We cannot put the cart before the horse. Logistical issues are subservient to the legal framework. Unless legal framework is in place, we don’t have to talk about anything else because the legal framework will take a lot of time, making a constitutional amendment to (changing) the law, all the process will take time, he had said.
Earlier this month, the Election Commission ruled out the possibility of holding the simultaneous Assembly and Lok Sabha elections saying there’s “no chance at all”. Chief Election Commissioner O. P. Rawat put all the speculations on the simultaneous elections and said “koi chance nahi (no chance at all) without a “legal framework” in place when he was asked if it was still feasible to hold simultaneous Lok Sabha and state Assembly elections.