Stringent Law for Prosecuting Cash Distribution for Votes Sought: Pudhiya Sindhanai

No political party or candidate will directly involve himself in handing over money to a voters, but will do it through a respectable and reliable person.

Published: 12th March 2016 10:58 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th March 2016 11:13 PM   |  A+A-

PUDUCHERRY: Pudhiya Sindhanai,a social organization has urged the president of India to amend  the provision  of  clause  171(e) of the Indian Penal Code to make punishment for bribing a voter  stringent though  imprisonment  for a minimum period of three years and maximum ten years and impose a fine of Rs. One lakh or both.

In a letter to addressed to the President  of India , N Balamurugan, president of the organization said that if the punishment was made  stringent ,non-bailable and triable by court, no one will come forward to bribe any voter during elections.

He said while enacting  Representation of Peoples Act 1951,the legislature would not even thought that  bribing a voter would play a vital role  in later days and  it will slowly  endanger the democracy and destroy our country. This offence of  bribing a voter  is equal to rape and murder, but very meagre  punishment is being given for this and hence, no one is worried  or bothered of committing  this offence,he said .The punishment  clause  is the only reason  why the election commission  could not eradicate the menace of  bribing voters, he added.

With the elections approaching in Puducherry, the aspects of bribing voter or make him refrain from voting during elections has to be dealt with firmly. No political party or candidate will directly involve himself in handing over money to a voters, but will do it through a respectable and reliable person. 

This person distributing the money does not have any fear on the Representation of people’s act for the reason that the punishment of the particular offence of bribing voters is very lenient. As per the present act,  “ Whoever commits the offence of bribery shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to one year or with fine or with both “ and the offence is cognizable , bailable and triable by nay magistrate.  Hence the person even if he is caught red handed  distributing money will be released within an hour from his arrest and thereafter he can get himself released on payment of fine before the court .


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