India has never missed election deadline: Quraishi
KATHMANDU, Nov 28: At a time when Nepal has been deferring the dates for holding fresh elections time and again, former Chief Election Commissioner of India SY Quraishi said that they have not missed any election deadline yet.
"Election Commission of India has conducted 15 general elections and more than 300 elections for state assemblies, but it has not missed any deadline yet," stated Quraishi, addressing a program organized by Nepal Center for Contemporary Studies in the capital on Wednesday.
Quraishi was sharing the Indian experience of conducting elections in a plural society.
He also claimed that no one has questioned the legitimacy of elections conducted in India so far. Quraishi said that the Election Commission of India takes many issues into consideration while announcing date to hold elections. "We consider agricultural cycle, national holidays, festive season, among other issues, before setting a date of elections," he added.
Stating that democracy cannot work without fair elections, Quraishi said that periodic elections test the accountability of political parties to people.