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Fairness at Play: Introducing electoral reforms to
reduce the influence of money and muscle power
in politics
TEAM MEMBERS...
What do you mean by ELECTORAL
REFORMS ?
Electoral reform is change in electoral systems to improve how
public desires are ...
THIS WAS ONE OF THE HEADLINES OF THE ECONOMICS
TIMES.
“MONEY AND MUSCLE WILL HELP YOU GET ELECTED IN
INDIA, AND NOW, THE A...
“Elections are the only way through which the people’s
representatives may be elected to the legislature and provide to th...
Today, the money and muscle power play such a dominant role in
elections, that there is little chance for a common man wit...
Proposed measures
• Active participation of people and NGOs in ensuring free
and fair polls.
• To keep track of candidate’...
*The Election Commission should strive
to assume a bigger role and responsibility
for itself.
*Information and education s...
*Some sort of examination should be
conducted to mark the various aspects of
the candidates.
*Election commission should s...
Implementation of the suggested measures
is the biggest issue:
NGO’s should be engaged for the conduction of
voting to hel...
Impact
*The number of votes to be will
drastically increase.
*It would spread knowledge among
the citizens of the country....
Challenges
*Literacy rate of the INDIA is very low.
*Corruption of our country is letting us
down. Necessary steps should ...
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  1. 1. Fairness at Play: Introducing electoral reforms to reduce the influence of money and muscle power in politics TEAM MEMBERS ABHINAV YADAV AISHWARYA DUBEY ANKIT MADNANI NISHANT GAURAV PARTH GYAN VASISHTHA
  2. 2. What do you mean by ELECTORAL REFORMS ? Electoral reform is change in electoral systems to improve how public desires are expressed in election results. That can include reforms of:  Voting systems, such as proportional representation, a two- round system (runoff voting), instant-runoff voting, citizen initiatives and referendums and recall elections. Rules about political parties, typically changes to election laws. Ballot design and voting equipment. Safety of voters and election workers. Scrutineering (election monitoring by candidates, political parties, etc.). Nomination rules. Ballot access. Eligibility to vote.
  3. 3. THIS WAS ONE OF THE HEADLINES OF THE ECONOMICS TIMES. “MONEY AND MUSCLE WILL HELP YOU GET ELECTED IN INDIA, AND NOW, THE ASSOCIATION OF DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS (ADR) HAS THE FIGURES TO PROVE IT. THE ORGANISATION HAS COME UP WITH DATA SPREAD OVER 10 YEARS WHICH SHOWS THAT NOT ONLY DO CANDIDATES AND EVEN MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT AND STATE LEGISLATURES WHO HAVE CRIMINAL RECORDS HAVE MORE FINANCIAL ASSETS THAN THOSE WITHOUT, BUT THAT IN 16 OUT THE 19 MAJOR POLITICAL PARTIES COVERED BY THE SURVEY, A CRIMINAL OFFENCE AGAINST YOUR NAME WILL SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.” In India, muscle and money can help you win elections.
  4. 4. “Elections are the only way through which the people’s representatives may be elected to the legislature and provide to the country the political executive or the Council of Ministers to rule the country duly supported by the rein checks of the opposition. The election process therefore assumes vital importance in the progress of the country. The responsibility to ensure the purity and impartiality of the electoral process is not only of the government, the Election Commission and the political parties but also of every individual and institution and the media as the fourth pillar of this democratic edifice.” Inaugural address by Hon’ble Justice G.N. Ray on 8th August, 2009
  5. 5. Today, the money and muscle power play such a dominant role in elections, that there is little chance for a common man with honest intentions and little resources to contest elections , even if he has the capability. The political parties are responsible for this situation, since they only consider the “winnability” (money power & muscle power) of the person for nominating him as the party candidate. Therefore, the political parties in India should be held totally responsible for denying the citizens good candidate to choose and thus killing the spirit of electoral democracy. The ground conditions have to be improved, so that men who value certain code of ethics are enabled to come to the centre stage of politics and contest in the elections. The use of money power and muscle power in elections are the direct consequence of corruption in government machinery , which have made money power and muscle power in elections possible. Therefore, without eradicating corruption, it would not be possible to defeat money power and muscle power in elections.
  6. 6. Proposed measures • Active participation of people and NGOs in ensuring free and fair polls. • To keep track of candidate’s expenditures. • Tracking of constituencies, where cases of misuse of money and muscle power are high. • Candidates with criminal records should not be allowed to contest in the elections. • Voting should be promoted on high scale in the rural areas. • Election commission should be in interactions with the lower income group to encourage voting. • Security should be provided by the central government to the voters , election officers , election commissioner , etc who are involved in the undergoing of voting process.
  7. 7. *The Election Commission should strive to assume a bigger role and responsibility for itself. *Information and education should be provided to all sections of the society regarding voting. *Right to equality should be stictly followed for all sections of society . *The cost for promotion by political parties should be reduced.
  8. 8. *Some sort of examination should be conducted to mark the various aspects of the candidates. *Election commission should start online voting process under video survillence. M.P’s and M.L.A’s holding any other source of profit or income should be debard from their offices. *Political parties should be forced to do internal audits of their finances and producing evidence of internal democracy.
  9. 9. Implementation of the suggested measures is the biggest issue: NGO’s should be engaged for the conduction of voting to help out other staff at the polling booth. Circulation of black money in the country which plays a big role in the elections can be largely curtailed by de monetising one thousand rupee currency notes and five hundred rupee currency notes immediately.
  10. 10. Impact *The number of votes to be will drastically increase. *It would spread knowledge among the citizens of the country. *It would lead to the selection of the members which would be off the people’s.
  11. 11. Challenges *Literacy rate of the INDIA is very low. *Corruption of our country is letting us down. Necessary steps should be taken. *Information could not be reached to lower sections of the. Media should act as a useful and positive source of information for all sections of the society.
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