06 August 2018
PRESENTLY the whole discussion on elections is focused on how all elections to Lok Sabha as well as state assemblies can be held simultaneously. How simultaneous elections will cut down expenses to government and similar aspects are focused while the vital question of democratization of the whole election system is neglected. It is increasingly proved that right from the time of filing nominations to declaration of election results the present system is corrupt and favoring the ruling system and the leading ruling class parties. So, all democratic forces should strive to get the attention centered on the following important questions:

Firstly, the hitherto experience has proved that the present First Pass The Post system does not reflect the people’s opinion; it should be replaced by the Proportional Representation System. Secondly, the right to recall the elected representatives should be introduced. Thirdly, as there are increasing number of criticisms against the voting machines (EVMs), till technical perfection and unanimity is arrived at the ballot paper system should be brought back in elections at all levels. Including purchase of media and distribution of money and liquor, apart from use of muzzle power, the elections have become increasingly corrupt and subject to manipulation. Including uniform government spending of election campaigns, through democratic process a consensus should be arrived at for all round democratization of the elections. 
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