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Electoral Reforms

What is Runoff Election model?

In ROE model, people will vote for candidates in the first round like they do currently in the FPTP (First Past the Post) model. If a candidate secures 50% percent of the votes, he/she will be elected. If however, no candidate gets 50%, a run-off election will be called between the top two candidates to select the eventual winner.

Advantages of Run-off Elections:

1. Curb criminals and caste/religious fanatics:

The ability of criminals and caste/religious fanatics to win elections will be greatly reduced, since a majority of voters can be expected to vote out such candidates in the run-off round.

2. Encourage good candidates to contest elections:

People can vote for a good candidate without wondering if their vote will be wasted, since they might get a more decisive say in the run-off round. There will be a lesser need for 'strategic voting' by certain communities to prevent a candidate/party from winning.

3. True representatives, not Dynasties:

In PR system, family members and cronies of party leaders will become our representatives without having to directly face the electorate. In ROE, the family members of leaders also have to contest the election and win 50% votes.

4. No Appeasement:

In FPTP model, all major parties field candidates from the caste/community influential in respective constituencies even if better candidates are available. In the ROE model, the electorate can be expected to vote against such appeasement if someone outside that community makes it to the run-off round.

5. Unlike PR system, ROE doesn't give representation to fringe elements:

The biggest advantage of a FPTP model is the opportunity it gives for fringe elements to contest the elections and stay within constitutional methods, and not take up arms for example. A PR model might give representation to fringe elements even if they are a small minority in all constituencies. ROE model moderates the influence of fringe elements on the polity till it reaches a critical mass in atleast one constituency.

6. Moderate Coalitions:

Opportunistic pre-poll, post-poll and hidden alliances among political parties are a bane of our current system. In ROE model, all parties can contest elections on their own and based on their performance, decide to support other party candidates (whose ideology they are comfortable with) in the run-off round.

News relevant to this Campaign:

Unwise proposal: On Election Commission seeking contempt powers - The Hindu
Election Commission seeks powers against contempt, here is a look at these laws in other countries - The Indian Express
CPI asks EC to go beyond EVMs, initiate electoral reforms - Outlook India
EVMs used by EC are tamper-proof, parliamentary panel told - The Indian Express
When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics- Review - Free Press Journal
Parliamentary panel summons EC over EVM tampering issue - Firstpost
We Do Not Support State Funding of Polls, EC Tells Parliamentary Panel - Outlook India
Not in favour of state funding of polls: Election Commission tells parliamentary panel - India TV
Introduction Of Electoral Bonds A Retrograde Step: Election ... - NDTV

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