EC should clarify on Delimitation Comm report: BJP

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New Delhi, Dec 31 (UNI) The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) delegation today urged the Election Commission (EC) to clear the confusion whether the coming Lok Sabha polls would be held on the basis of the existing constituencies or the report of the Delimitation Commission would be implemented.

A delegation led by Janata Dal (United) President Sharad Yadav told the EC it should clarify the confusion to political parties at the earliest so that they could take up campaigning in right spirit, right from the commencement of 2008.

"We know the limitations of the EC and we will be demanding the same from the Centre also", BJP Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told newspersons after an half-an-hour meeting.

He said the NDA also sought the EC to revise its voters lists and issue Election ID cards at the constituencies, and booth levels to the voters in the first quarter of 2008 so that no genuine voter is left out of the electoral process.

The EC should also ensure that those on the voters list are not turned away because exercise of franchise was the right of every voter and the EC has a Constitutional responsibility to uphold the citizen's fundamental rights.

Mr Yadav said there were instances where genuine voters with valid ID cards issued by the EC were turned away and there is a need to put an end to such unhealthy practices that discouraged the voter, who is ready to perform his or her duty.

The number of voters participating in the voting is coming alarmingly down and '' you can't drive away them from the polling stations,'' he asserted.

The EC reacted positively to the NDA's suggestions and was appreciative of the stand taken by the political parties in enhancing the voter participation in the governing process, which had accorded the country the status of the largest democracy in the world.


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