Find­ing an al­ter­na­tive polling sys­tem

Governance Now - - BRIEFINGS -

Will the elec­tion sys­tem for the lok sabha and as­sem­blies change? An all­party par­lia­men­tary panel is ex­plor­ing var­i­ous sys­tems of elec­tions other than the first-past-the-post (FPTP). Headed by the Congress’ Anand Sharma, the par­lia­men­tary stand­ing com­mit­tee on per­son­nel, pub­lic griev­ances, law and jus­tice has come up with a ques­tion­naire. it is ac­ces­si­ble to all po­lit­i­cal par­ties and the elec­tion com­mis­sion. The panel has sought views and al­ter­na­tive method of elec­tions from them.

“Ap­pre­hen­sions are now be­ing raised that in re­cent years the FPTP sys­tem is not the best suited sys­tem as is ev­i­dent from the re­cent as­sem­bly elec­tions in ut­tar Pradesh, where re­sults have in­di­cated that a party get­ting 39 per­cent vote share won 312 seats and par­ties get­ting 22 per­cent and 21 per­cent got only 47 and 19 seats re­spec­tively,” the ques­tion­naire reads.

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