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House panel wants to curb EC’s power

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice has recommended a slew of measures to free the political parties from the stringent control of the Election Commission, including taking away certain powers vested with the Commission such as derecognising a political party. 

The parliamentary panel, in its 61st report on electoral reforms, has also recommended that the Model Code of Conduct be enforced from the date of notification and not from the date of announcement of polls. It sought revision in Commission-ordered election expenditure limit of a candidate to make it more realistic and provision for setting up of fast-track courts to dispose of election disputes within a period of 12 months. 

‘The Committee strongly feels that it is expedient to enact law for giving statutory backup to Model Code of Conduct leaving no vacuum for ECI to exercise its power which is residuary in nature,’ panel chairman Shantaram Naik said.
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