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Place for discussion on Opinions and editorials.

aarth dhar , Oct, 06 2016

A constant discussion has happened over simultaneous elections for State Assemblies and Parliament. What is stopping it from happening? Implementation or Intention


Elections in India have become a continuous process and political parties with stakes in various states are constantly preparing for one election or the other. This affects policymaking and governance as the government is trapped in short-term thinking. While the idea has been a topic of discussion for some time, he has done well to revive the debate. The Law Commission in its report on electoral reforms in 1999, for instance, had suggested simultaneous Lok Sabha and state assembly elections to improve governance and stability.

Elections in India have become a continuous process and political parties with stakes in various states are constantly preparing for one election or the other. This affects policymaking and governance as the government is trapped in short-term thinking. While the idea has been a topic of discussion for some time, he has done well to revive the debate. The Law Commission in its report on electoral reforms in 1999, for instance, had suggested simultaneous Lok Sabha and state assembly elections to improve governance and stability.

Ashat , Oct, 06 2016


If concurrent elections in the assemblies and LS were to be a reality, its benefits bring with itself some challenges too, one of them being requirement of political diversity essential for addressing social diversity of India. In a vast country like India, voters of different regions have different concerns. Simultaneous elections might effect their voting pattern, pushing forward the possibility of chances of a single party to win in both thus pushing regional requirements to background.

If concurrent elections in the assemblies and LS were to be a reality, its benefits bring with itself some challenges too, one of them being requirement of political diversity essential for addressing social diversity of India. In a vast country like India, voters of different regions have different


Rahul , Oct, 06 2016


There are various metris like:
1) Once the Election Commission releases the dates for elections, the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) would be operational and important works like inauguration of development works have to be withheld. With simultaneous elections, there would be overlap of days of MCC for State Assemblies and Parliament. With this the political leaders can concentrate more on development works without restrictions on all the other days.
2) Huge amounts of money can be saved with holding elections simultaneously.
3) There would be a good chance that voter percentage would improve drastically as there would be increased interest as even the Parliament elections are being held along with State level elections.
4) Having simultaneous elections would result in lesser time wastage for administrative departments such as the district authorities as they have to gear up for elections only once against each time it is being held.

There are various metris like: 1) Once the Election Commission releases the dates for elections, the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) would be operational and important works like inauguration of development works have to be withheld. With simultaneous elections, there would be overlap of days of MCC f


praveen , Oct, 06 2016


Simultaneous elections are being advocated as they will lead to saving money to the exchequer and help the government in carry forward the development agenda without hindrances from model code of conduct. But the points of democratic principle, preservation of social diversity and federal structure are being missed. The local leaders will become irrelevant and this might lead to them becoming unaccountable to the public affecting social conditions.

Simultaneous elections are being advocated as they will lead to saving money to the exchequer and help the government in carry forward the development agenda without hindrances from model code of conduct. But the points of democratic principle, preservation of social diversity and federal structure