Law panel to examine simultaneous elections

The Hindu Bureau

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Saturday, 18th March 2023
Page No. 12
Delhi Print Edition

The issue of holding simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and the State Assemblies has been referred to the Law Commission for further examination, Law Minister Kiren Rijiju told the Lok Sabha on Friday. The Minister argued in favour of holding simultaneous elections as it would not only result in savings to the exchequer but it also enlist “imperatives” such as amending the Constitution and bringing all political parties on board.

He said that simultaneous elections would require amendments in “not less than five” Articles of the Constitution — Articles 83 relating to duration of Houses of Parliament, 85 dissolution of Lok Sabha, 172 duration of the State legislatures, 174 dissolution of the State legislatures, and 356.

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