Electoral reforms in a democracy is a continuous process. In light of this statement suggest some electoral reforms. ( Polity)

Democracy success depends upon the conduct of free and fair elections. Hence electoral reforms is must to ensure a vibrant democracy. Reforms are itself dynamic in nature. The electoral reforms can be grouped as under:

  • Reforms to cleanse the electoral system
  • Debarring criminally tainted politicians from contesting , fast track courts and special courts
  • Checking money power
  • Empowering the EC to de register defunct and dubious parties
  • State funding or setting up of National electoral fund
  • Reforms to make EC stronger and independent
  • Appointment of election commissioners through collegium
  • Elevation to CEC on the criteria of seniority
  • Protection from removal only through impeachment as available to CEC
  • Reforms to make electoral system more efficient
  • Introduction of Totalizer machine
  • Reforms in political parties
  • All political parties must compulsorily make public their audited accounts every year.
  • Auditing of accounts by CAG
  • Scrutiny powers to CAG and CEC

 

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