President/vice-president election act should be amended: Krish
New Delhi, July 8 (UNI) Political parties, which are registered with the Election Commission (EC) and advocating the theory that they would refrain from voting in the Presidential election, are, in fact, violating section 29 A of the Representation of the People Act, former Election Commissioner G V G Krishnamurthy said today.
Talking to the media here, Dr Krishnamurthy said as per the constitution when a political party gets itself registered with the EC it is bound by the rules of the RPA. So either abstaining or advocating not to vote in the Presidential Election, in fact, would be tantamount to a violative step under section 29 A of the act.
Similarly, it is equally mandatory under rule 17 for all the electoral colleges for the Presidential as well as for the Vice Presidential elections to cast their votes to as many as candidates in the fray giving priority of option in each case, Dr Krishnamurthy added.
He said there is a strong and urgent need for amending the President and Vice-Presidential Election Act to bring them on a par with the act that of the election of Members of Parliament, where it is statutory for every member to give declaration about their all movable and immovable assets, with the primary object of screening the candidates for the highest office of the Indian democracy so that the country should have good and clean presidential candidates, the former EC added.