Lok Sabha polls: Dissent, minority views in poll code violation cases will not be made public, says Election Commission

Rejecting the demand of Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa, the 'full commission' Tuesday ruled that dissents and minority views in EC orders in cases of model code violations would not be made public

Press Trust of India May 21, 2019 18:23:07 IST
Lok Sabha polls: Dissent, minority views in poll code violation cases will not be made public, says Election Commission
  • EC ruled that dissents and minority views in EC orders in cases of model code violations would not be made public

  • Lavasa has recused himself from MCC violation cases, saying his dissent was not being made part of the orders

  • The EC had maintained that since the poll code violation cases are not quasi judicial in nature

New Delhi: Rejecting the demand of Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa, the 'full commission' Tuesday ruled that dissents and minority views in EC orders in cases of model code violations would not be made public.

The dissent notes and minority views would remain part of records as it is the case now, the Election Commission (EC) said in a statement.

Lok Sabha polls Dissent minority views in poll code violation cases will not be made public says Election Commission

File image of the Election Commission of India. News18

"In the meeting of the Election Commission held today regarding the issue of MCC (Model Code of Conduct), it was interalia decided that proceedings of the commission's meetings would be drawn, including the views of all the commission members. Thereafter, formal instructions to this effect would be issued in consonance with extant laws/rules, etc," the poll panel said in a statement.

Lavasa has recused himself from MCC violation cases, saying his dissent was not being made part of the orders. He had given his dissent in some of the commission's clean chits to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah in complaints of MCC violations.

The EC had maintained that since the poll code violation cases are not quasi judicial in nature, they are not signed by the chief election commissioner (CEC) and fellow commissioners, and thus, the dissent cannot be made part of the order.

"Status quo will be maintained. Dissent will not be made public but would form part of EC records," explained an official.

As per the law governing the functioning of the EC, efforts should have an unanimity, but in the case of a dissent, a majority (2:1) view prevails. The full commission comprises CEC Sunil Arora and fellow commissioners Lavasa and Sushil Chandra.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Narendra Modi to dedicate three petroleum projects in poll-bound Bihar to nation today
India

Narendra Modi to dedicate three petroleum projects in poll-bound Bihar to nation today

The prime minister will inaugurate the Durgapur-Banka section of the Paradip-Haldia-Durgapur pipeline project and two LPG bottling plants

US Election: Biden steady in national polls; Trump's 'summer swoon over', say pundits
World

US Election: Biden steady in national polls; Trump's 'summer swoon over', say pundits

Biden, 78, who would be the oldest sitting president if elected, has leads ranging from five to eight points in battleground states of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan

US Election 2020: Two-thirds of Indian-Americans favour Biden, but support for Trump grows, finds survey
World

US Election 2020: Two-thirds of Indian-Americans favour Biden, but support for Trump grows, finds survey

In 2016, 77 percent of the community cast their votes for Hillary Clinton, while 16 percent went for Donald Trump. This time around, if trends hold, Biden stands to secure 70 percent of the vote, with 30 percent going to Trump.