The elections in five states went off smoothly but the Election Commission of India is still not fully satisfied, feeling hamstrung in countering the use of money power. In an interview to Outlook, Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath is candid in admitting that more stringent electoral laws are required to fight the menace.
How have the elections in five States held in November-December 2013 been different from the elections in the same States held in 2008?
The Commission is constantly making efforts to make elections more free and fair, peaceful, smooth and orderly, as will be evident from the following measures taken by the Commission during the current round of election in five states. The highest ever turnout of voters in the four states, where poll has already been taken, is in itself corroboration of the above fact.
- Great stress was laid on making the electoral rolls as error-free as possible. Under the Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral ...