Wednesday, June 22, 2011
The top most drawback in the current electoral system in India is that whosoever manages to get about 15% to 25% of the total votes polled (as per the current first past the post system), gets elected as people's representative in the Parliament/State Assemblies thereby projecting herself/himself as the politically popular person representing the wishes of the majority; while actually S/he is not. Consequently, in actual practice, the wishes of the majority of people go un-addressed, thereby resulting in mass dis-satisfaction and sometimes, even unrest. To cope with this situation, electoral reforms specifically including the provision of preferential treatment single tranferable voting system (wherein a voter expresses three preferences from amonst the candidates in field) should be introduced, and the person getting more than 50% of the total votes should thus be declared elected. Consequently, the party in power shall naturally be considered as the most popular representing the wishes of the majority and it shall result in lesser and lesser unrest. Moreover, the Government thus actually commanding majority among the masses must have the strong will to successfully counter the problems created by some NGOs from time to time. It shall also empover the Government to deal with the demand of those, who are currently asking for the 'Right to Recall'.