Bill proposes to recall lawmakers 

Lok Sabha MP Varun Gandhi has proposed an amendment in the Representation of the People Act 1951.

Published: 01st March 2017 01:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st March 2017 01:00 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: A Bill moved by a BJP parliamentarian proposes that MPs and MLAs should be recalled within two years from being elected if 75 percent of those who voted for them are not satisfied with their performance.

Stating that the countries all over the world have experimented with the concept of Right to Recall, Lok Sabha MP Varun Gandhi has proposed an amendment in the Representation of the People Act 1951 through his Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

As per the legislation, recalling process can be initiated by any voter of the constituency by filing a petition before the Speaker, signed by at least one-fourth of the total number of electors in that constituency. After confirming its authenticity, the Speaker will move the application to the Election Commission for its verification and authentication of the voters' signatures on it.

The Commission will verify the signatures on it and will organise the voting on 10 places in the respective constituency of MP or MLA, it says. If three-fourth of the votes that member was polled in his election, go in favour of the recall process, the member will be recalled, the bill proposes.

Within 24 hours of the receipt of the result, the Speaker will notify the result to the general public. Once the seat gets duly vacated the Commission can organise a bypoll in that constituency.

At present there is no recourse to the electorate if they are unhappy with their elected representative.

The Representation of the People Act, 1951 only provides for vacation of office upon the commission of certain offences and does not account for general incompetence or dissatisfaction of the electorate as a ground for vacation. In view of the potential for abuse of certain provisions, the bill has accordingly proposed more than adequate punishment for such abuses.

For ensuring that a recall process is not frivolous and does not became a source of harassment to elected members, the entire process has several safeguards incorporated in the bill.  Recall petition will kickstart the process and electronic based voting to finally decide its outcome, the bill says.

 

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