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Gujarat assembly passes mandatory voting bill


Gujarat assembly passes mandatory voting bill

PTI 19 December 2009, 08:10pm IST


GANDHINAGAR: Gujarat assembly on Saturday passed a landmark bill which makes, for the first time in the country, voting mandatory in local body polls.

The Gujarat Local Authorities Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2009, which also seeks to raise the reservation of seats for women in local self governance bodies from 33 to 50 per cent, was passed by voice vote.

The opposition, led by Congress, opposed the mandatory voting provision, terming it in contradiction with the constitutional provisions but supported raising of seats for women in the local bodies from 33% to 50%.

The opposition had demanded separate bills for 50% reservation for women and for mandatory voting in local self governance bodies.

Under the bill, if a voter fails to vote for the reasons other than prescribed in the rules, he may be declared a "defaulter voter" and would face consequences for which rules will be framed and placed before the assembly for its approval later.

"It is observed that due to low turnout of voters to discharge their duty by exercising their right to vote, the true spirit of the will of the people is not reflected in the electoral mandate," said the statement of objects and reasons of the bill.

Source: Times of India


 9 Replies

Bhartiya No. 1 (Nationalist)     20 December 2009

It is good. But casting votes by everyone at least 90% of them is difficult within the alloted time. Also, there must be a choice other than the listed candidates as 'none of the above" or "Invalid" button .

No difficult. More EVMs and time management. More competition and choice for right ful contesting candidate. Really Good decision by Gujarat Government. The Government of India also take necessary steps for compuksoary voting to all eligible indian citizens. In elections crores of rupees have been spending and majority of educated are not utalising their voting right but they speak lengthy speeches against elected MPs, MLAs.
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Bhartiya No. 1 (Nationalist)     20 December 2009

Sir I share opinion with u. Exactly it should be like wise. The other concern is correction of the mistakes in the voter list, due to which people are not allowed to vote, or there are so many voters whose name is missing.

Anish goyal (Advocate)     20 December 2009

if any body could upload this bill thnks

Rathnakar P V (civil engineer)     20 December 2009

I on behalf of ALL right thinking people OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY ,would like to CONGRATULATE HON'BLE Shri. NARENDRA MODI, CM of GUJRAT State.

 He has shown the path to be followed by ALL  RIGHT thinking STATES and CENTRAL governament .

             I envey Poeple of GUJRAT STATE for having such a GREAT LEADER.

Gundlapallis (Advocate)     21 December 2009

A good step to achieve meaningful democracy but the option list must also contain an option of 'i have no trust on any candidate'

mayur (lpo)     21 December 2009

this is one of the landmarking bill to secure the true and basic ingrediant of the transperant democracy. centre as well remaining states should adopt the same policy very soon. the reparing work of democracy is being started now in true format.irrespective of their political parties  we must congrtualate the gujrat govt for their initiative step in this regard. well done

Bhartiya No. 1 (Nationalist)     24 December 2009

Mody Govt. has done a great job. It  surely will improve the quality of aspiring candidates. It is a good sign.

anand (legal advisor)     25 December 2009

i agree wid u Mr. Ashutosh and second if possible with d bil copy. and option like i support none of d above and also recallling of d candidates if he fails to achieve his promised duties.

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