EC Bats For Strict Law Against Use of Black Money During Elections

The Chief Election Commissioner said that using black money during elections has to be checked as it creates an imbalance in a democracy.

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Chief Election Commissioner Harishankar Brahma. (Photo Courtesy: Election Commission of India)

Batting for a “strong law” regarding political funding, Election Commission today said use of black money during elections has to be checked as it creates imbalance in a democratic system.

Chief Election Commissioner H S Brahma said here that India needs a “strong law” to deal with the issue of political funding and to usher in “good accountability”.

He said black money and money power, followed by muscle power create imbalances in electoral process and are not good for a healthy democracy.

Black money impinges democracy. Black money and muscle power disturb level playing field...though money cannot guarantee votes, the one who can spend more has an upper hand.

H S Brahma

Giving an example, he said there had been reports that candidates spend up to Rs 15 crore in assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh. “From where does the money come and where does it go,” he wondered.

Referring to the response of political parties on the issue of money power, Brahma said they also agree that its use should be curbed. He said privately most political leaders have agreed that money power is bad.

Political parties and the Election Commission have to live happily like husband and wife. Issues like these have to be treaded carefully and fixed like a team.

Law Commission Chairman Justice (Retd) A P Shah has also said that money comes in truck loads during elections. He said in Tamil Nadu, candidates have been known to give Rs 5000 per person to electors to vote in their favour.

When corporates influence political parties, the the later start projecting the interests of the former as the interest of the people. The worrying part is that corporates are now taking over media houses.

– Justice A P Shah

The Commission had said in its report that the disqualification of a candidate for its failure to lodge an account of election expenses and contributions reports should be extended from the current three year period up to a five year period, so that a defaulting candidate may become ineligible to contest at least the next elections.

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