Election Laws (Amendment) Bill passed in Parliament

Election Laws (Amendment) Bill passed in Parliament

New Delhi: The Parliament on Friday passed a bill to amend electoral laws for a limited delimitation exercise to grant voting rights to people of the former enclaves of Bangladesh, with the Rajya Sabha adopting it without any debate. The Lok Sabha had passed it yesterday.

The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016 seeks to amend the Delimitation Act, 2002 and the Representation of the People Act, 1950.

It enables the Election Commission to carry out delimitation of assembly and parliamentary constituencies in Cooch Behar District of West Bengal.

The enclaves were exchanged pursuant to the 1974 Land Boundary Agreement and 2011 Protocol and Instruments of Ratification during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh last year.(ANI)