The Law Commission, chaired by Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, on Wednesday made a presentation to the high-level committee headed by former President Ram Nath Kovind on its suggestions regarding simultaneous elections.
The committee, which was formed on September 2, held its second meeting on Wednesday, with all members – Kovind, Home Minister Amit Shah, Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal, former Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, former Finance Commission chairman N.K. Singh, former Lok Sabha secretary-general Subhash C. Kashyap, senior advocate Harish Salve and former Chief Vigilance Commissioner Sanjay Kothari present.
“The Law Commission of India made a presentation during the meeting elaborating their suggestions and viewpoints on the issue of simultaneous elections in the country,” a Law Ministry statement said.
The Law Commission was represented by chairperson Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, member Prof. (Dr.) Anand Paliwal and Member Secretary Khetrabasi Biswal. This, even as the Law Commission is set to release its own report on the issue of simultaneous elections soon, according to sources.
The committee’s secretary, Law Secretary Niten Chandra, informed the panel that after its first meeting on September 23, letters had been sent to six national parties, 33 state parties and seven registered unrecognised parties to seek their views on the issue. He said the high-level committee had been renamed “High Level Committee on One Nation, One Election” and a website for receiving suggestions and presenting information on the topic – onoe.gov.in – had also been developed, the statement said. The committee launched this website during the meeting.
The committee decided unanimously to approve the Budget for the committee for 2023-2024 and it “noted” the resignation of the Congress leader in the Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, who resigned soon after the committee was formed on September 2, the statement said. The committee was set up to look at ways of holding Lok Sabha, Assembly and local body elections simultaneously.