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“Electoral reforms needed without amending Constitution”

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T.S.Krishnamoorthy
T.S.Krishnamoorthy

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CHENNAI: The Election Commission can be more effective if the model code of conduct is given legislative shape, former Chief Election Commissioner T.S.Krishnamoorthy said here on Monday.

Delivering a lecture on ‘Lessons of the 2009 election’ organised by the Centre for Contemporary Studies in the city, he said, “This is the time to seriously think of electoral reforms.”

A model code of conduct is not a law. It is a code framed with the agreement of political parties, he said. “It is absolutely necessary to have electoral reforms without amending the Constitution. If we fail to reform the electoral system now, it will not be possible to reform the system for the next five years,” he added.

“I compare the Lok Sabha Election 2009 to the cricketainment of IPL,” said Mr.Krishnamoorthy. Both had aggressive competitors and involved enormous expenditure, he said.

All political parties had a common minimum programme of their own survival, he added. Parties have not been interested in bringing about changes in the electoral system particularly on the criminalisation of politics, he said. “The people have voted out political opportunists.” But the role of money and muscle power is said to have been significant, he said.

Police should be allowed to function independently during elections, said Mr.Krishnamoorthy. Stability is not much of a threat now as the verdict is very clear, he said. Stability is a consequence and not a cause of voters’ action, said Mr.Krishnamoorthy. Stability without good governance will not survive, he added.

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