Democracy Debate

  • Democracy Debate: First past the post system helps mirror diversity October 25, 2013

    After 15 elections to the Lok Sabha and an equal (if not more) number of elections to the State Legislative Assemblies, the debate on the suitability of the First Past the Post (FPTP) system is still very much alive. Advocates of a Proportionate Representation (PR) system argue that the nature...
  • Proportional representation: A difficult choice October 24, 2013

    As the debate on electoral reforms gathers momentum, thanks to the latest verdicts delivered by the apex court, be it in the case of disqualification of convicted legislators or bringing political parties under the ambit of the RTI Act, some commentators and NGOs are now arguing that the FPTP (first...
  • A case for proportional representation system in India October 21, 2013

    It is being argued that India is a case for proportional representation system (PR). The current system of winner takes it all, even if the winning party gets just 1 vote more than all other candidates in the fray is also known as First Past The Post (FPTP). In a...