AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa has written to Chief Election Commissioner S.Y.Quraishi urging him to reformulate the proposals for delimitation of constituencies for the Legislative Council after obtaining population data.
The population data would have to be derived from the local authorities, graduates and teachers. Following the collection of data, a Committee comprising representatives of recognised political parties must be appointed to ascertain the views of various sections of society with regard to the delimitation proposal.
In the letter, she added, “The Constitution has envisaged space in the Legislative Council for members to be elected by certain specific categories of population like members of local authorities, graduates and teachers as their representatives.
The scheme of demarcation of the constituencies has to follow this principle as otherwise the delimitation would be in violation of Article 171 of the Constitution and Section 10 of the Representation of the People Act, 1950.”
Further, she said, the delimitation process must ensure that all constituencies, as far as practicable, should be more or less equal in specific categories of population and also should be geographically compact. Therefore, it becomes necessary that a detailed map containing the geographical features and the boundaries of the administrative units and the specific categories of population is essential for effectively completing the process of delimitation, she added.
In addition, Ms. Jayalalithaa called for absolute transparency in the delimitation process. “The delimitation proposal itself must be notified in the Official Gazette of the State in order to make it known to the public, more particularly the voters who are eligible to vote in the election for the Legislative Council.”
The draft proposal must be circulated to the Members of Parliament, Members of the Legislative Assembly, and Members of Local Bodies for ascertaining their views and suggestions. The public must be invited to submit their objections and suggestions with regard to the draft proposal of delimitation within a reasonable time, i.e. a minimum of two months.
The committee comprising representatives of political parties could ascertain the views of the public, intelligentsia, educational institutions, NGOs, teachers, graduates by conducting sittings in the State. She said the Committee's recommendations could be communicated to the Election Commission for taking further action on the proposal.