- The Law Commission has endorsed the proposal of simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly polls in its draft report submitted to the government.
Key highlights of the report:
- The ‘draft’ report submitted to the Law Ministry recommended “holding of simultaneous elections to House of the People (Lok Sabha) and the State Legislative Assemblies (except the State of Jammu and Kashmir).”
- The Commission said holding simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and state assemblies is a solution to prevent the country from being in constant election mode.
- It has recommended changes in the Constitution and the electoral law to hold the simultaneous polls.
- It will save public money, help reduce the burden on administrative setup and security forces.
- It also added that if simultaneous polls are held, the administrative machinery of the country will be continuously be engaged in developmental activities, rather than in electioneering.
- The panel, however, cautioned that holding simultaneous elections is not possible within the existing framework of the Constitution.