The idea of compulsory voting has not been found practical, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said Wednesday, months after the government rejected a similar demand in the Lok Sabha.
“Issue of compulsory voting as prevalent in some countries has been a matter of discussion earlier…We found the idea not so practical. But we will like to hear,” he said.
He was addressing an international conference on voter awareness in New Delhi.
In February while responding to a private member’s bill introduced in the Lok Sabha on compulsory voting, then Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda had said though he appreciated the intention of the members, it would not be possible for the government to introduce compulsory voting and penalise those who failed to exercise their franchise.