New Delhi: Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat on Wednesday said that ‘One Nation, One Poll’ is not possible until changes are made in the Constitution and law. His statement came a few days after he had rejected the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) idea of holding elections in 11 states along with Lok Sabha Elections 2019 claiming that the number of VVPAT machines available are not enough to carry out the exercise. Also Read - Allahabad HC Dismisses Plea Challenging PM Modi's Election From Varanasi LS Seat
“There are not enough VVPAT machines to conduct 11 state elections simultaneously with Lok Sabha polls in 2019. If such a thing is to be attempted, more VVPAT machines will have to be ordered and a decision in this regard will have to be taken in a month or two,” he was quoted as saying in a report. Also Read - Anti-Modi Tweets by Arvind Kejriwal Vanished Post Lok Sabha Elections 2019
On August 27, CEC Rawat, after the all-party meeting, had said that return of ballot will bring back booth capturing. Talking to news agency ANI after the meeting, Rawat said, “Some of the parties said going back to the ballot is bad as it would bring back booth capturing.” In the meeting opposition parties raised their concerns over the EVMs and VVPATs. Also Read - 'Danger in Boycotting J&K Assembly Polls, it Could be Repeat of What Happened in Lok Sabha Elections,' Warns NC's Omar Abdullah
Adding further, he had said, “Some political parties have said that there are problems with EVMs and VVPATs. These things have been voted down by the Commission.”
Earlier in the day today, he had confirmed that the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections will be held on time. “Hamara aana hi praman hai ki samay pe honge (We are here, which means that the polls will be held on time),” Rawat was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
CEC Om Prakash Rawat, on August 10, had proposed holding one election a year as an alternative and had said that the move would also prevent violations of Model Code of Conduct on social media, as the social media platforms can be ordered to not run any poll-related news 48 hours before the elections.
The Narendra Modi government has been batting for the ‘One Nation, One Poll’ idea ever since it came to power at the Centre in 2014.