EC to discuss VVPAT issue with political parties on Friday

RSTV Bureau

A day ahead of the crucial all party meet, the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Wednesday released the agenda that includes the issue of Electronic Voting Machine security and procedure/ processes of the “tampering” challenge.

A proposal to make bribery and influencing voters during elections a cognisable offence tops the list on the EC agenda. Commission believes that Representation of Peoples Act needs to be amended to make the stringent provisions.

File photo: Election officials inspecting electronic voting machines ahead of voting.

File photo: Election officials inspecting electronic voting machines ahead of voting.

In the Representation of the People Act, there is a specific Section (58A) that empowers the Commission to order a re-poll or countermand election in a constituency in the event of booth capturing.

As per the agenda, suggestions on revisiting the rules pertaining to counting of paper slips from the VVPAT system will also be debated.

The Commission has proposed to disqualify persons against whom am offence of bribery is framed.

“In order to address the issue of criminalisation of politics, the Commission has been recommending disqualification even prior to the conviction by court in the case of serious offences,” the Commission said.

The Commission has proposed that for offences punishable by imprisonment of five years or more for a case registered at least six months earlier, disqualification should commence from the stage the charges are framed by the court.