‘Members not clones’: CEC Sunil Arora slams row over Lavasa dissent

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New Delhi, Might 18: Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Saturday described as “unsavory” and “avoidable” studies that fellow commissioner Ashok Lavasa has determined to recuse himself from conferences associated to mannequin code violations until he’s not allowed to report his dissent.

He additionally mentioned within the final assembly of the fee on Might 14, it was “unanimously” determined to type teams to deliberate points which arose in the midst of conduct of Lok Sabha elections.

“Out of the 13 issues/areas which were identified, model code of conduct is one of them,” Arora mentioned in an announcement.

He mentioned the report on Lavasa’s determination not to participate in mannequin code associated points comes at a time when the ballot watchdog is gearing up for the final section of Lok Sabha polls and counting of votes.

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“The three members of the ECI are not expected to be template or clones of each other. There have been so many times in the past when there has been a vast diversion of views as it can and should be. But the same largely remained within the confines of the ECI,” Arora mentioned.

The ballot panel’s legal guidelines counsel desire for an unanimous view, however present for a majority ruling within the absence of unanimity.

In a strongly-worded letter to Arora on Might 4, Lavasa is learnt to have mentioned he’s being pressured to keep away from the conferences of the complete fee since minority choices usually are not being recorded.

He’s additionally learnt to have mentioned his participation within the assembly is “meaningless” as his dissent remained unrecorded.

Lavasa mentioned his notes on the necessity for transparency haven’t been responded to so he has determined to keep away from mannequin code associated complaints.

The EC’s authorized division had opined that dissent can’t be recorded on choices as mannequin code violations usually are not a part of a quasi judicial listening to the place all of the three — the CEC and two fellow commissioners signal.

The bulk view is conveyed to the events involved.The dissent stays recorded within the file solely and never made public.

Lavasa had dissented in a number of the 11 choices the EC took on complaints towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah for alleged mannequin code violations.

The 2 got a clear chit in all the selections.

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