Jayalalithaa asks for delimitation to be transparent


Chennai : AIADMK general secretary J. Jayalalithaa has asked the Election Commission to reformulate the proposals for delimitation after obtaining population data of local authorities, graduates and teachers and also to appoint a committee to ascertain views of a cross-section of society.

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Referring to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Council Act creating the upper house in the state assembly and the draft delimitation proposals given to the political parties in her letter to Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi, she said: “The delimitation process must not be done in a hasty manner.

“The delimitation process should adhere to the views of all the sections of society so as to make the decision of the Election Commission of India just and reasonable.”

The letter written Tuesday was released to the media here Wednesday.

According to her, the rationale for adopting population as the basis for delimitation of the local authorities, graduates and teachers constituencies was not stated in the papers given to the political parties at the Aug 28 meeting.

“The seats for each category of Council Constituencies are earmarked for being filled up by the electorate belonging to the specific categories indicated in Article 171 of the constitution of India,” the letter notes.

According to her, district-wise data of members of local authorities, graduates and teachers should be taken.

In her letter, Jayalalithaa has also called for a detailed map of geographical features and the boundaries of the administrative units and the specific categories of population for effectively completing the process of delimitation.

She also suggested circulating the draft proposal to MPs, members of legislative assembly and the members of local bodies in the state to get their views as well as that of the public.

“The Election Commission may constitute a committee for this purpose comprised of members of recognised political parties. The Election Commission can appoint a person without political affinity as chairman/chairperson of the committee,” the letter said.