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Lok Sabha Passes Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016
Mar 02, 2016

The Lok Sabha passed a bill to grant voting rights to people who became citizens of the country following the exchange of enclaves between India and Bangladesh.

  • Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016 had introduced in the Lok Sabha to amend Section 11 of the Delimitation Act, 2002 and Section 9 of the Representation of the People Act, 1950. 

Election Commision is already working on it. The bill empowers Election Commission to amend the delimitation order for:

  1. Include in the relevant constituencies the Bangladeshi enclaves that were transferred to India.

  2. Exclude of relevant constituencies in the Indian enclaves that were transferred to Bangladesh.

  • The central government will provide all assistance to the state so that the people who have come from Bangladesh can be given the basic rights in the upcoming elections in West Bengal.

  • The term of the 294-member West Bengal Assembly ends on May 29 and elections are to be held before that.

  • The measure would enable the Election Commission to carry out limited delimitation of Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies in Cooch Behar district of West Bengal following the exchange of 51 Bangladeshi and 111 Indian enclaves in July last year.

It is to be worth mentioned here that after midnight on August 1, India and Bangladesh exchanged 162 adversely-held enclaves, ending one of the world's most difficult border disputes that had kept thousands of people in stateless limbo for almost 68 years.

There were 111 Indian enclaves in Bangladesh and 51 Bangladeshi enclaves in India which were exchanged pursuant to the 1974 Land Boundary Agreement and 2011 Protocol and Instruments of Ratification.

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