Government has floated a proposal to bar from elections candidates facing charge sheet for heinous offences one year before elections. Disclosing this, chief election commissioner S Y Quraishi expressed the hope electoral reforms proposals will get approved in the Budget session of Parliament.
Modifying an Election Commission proposal, it is now proposed that a candidate will be banned from election if a charge sheet for heinous offences is filed against him at least one year prior to the elections and not six months as was suggested by the poll panel.
“We are disappointed that this (electoral reforms) did not happen in the winter session while 30-40 bills came and our bill did not not come. The only benefit of doubt that needs to be given is that the government was kept busy with the Lokpal round the clock.
He said law minister Salman Khurshid came to the commission a third time and gave an assurance that the government will bring major reforms in the winter session.