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An Agenda for Reform of the Election System in India

Electoral law as it exists now falls short of serving the purpose of allowing every member of the electorate to be assured of the fi delity of her vote and ensuring that the vote is really a proxy for participation in governance. Serious reforms are required to ensure that elections remain relevant in governance. Current proposals for reform look only at the symptoms and do not discuss the system reforms that are needed. The expansion of mobile phone usage in the country provides a way to implement some of the reforms suggested here, replacing the electronic voting machine for registering a vote.

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An Agenda for Reform would require that the election system allows every stakeholder community an
of the Election System in India equal opportunity of representation in a geographical constituency by including its
  participation and not by excluding the parti
  cipation of other stakeholders. It would
Anupam Saraph also require that every geographical region

Electoral law as it exists now falls short of serving the purpose of allowing every member of the electorate to be assured of the fidelity of her vote and ensuring that the vote is really a proxy for participation in governance. Serious reforms are required to ensure that elections remain relevant in governance. Current proposals for reform look only at the symptoms and do not discuss the system reforms that are needed. The expansion of mobile phone usage in the country provides a way to implement some of the reforms suggested here, replacing the electronic voting machine for registering a vote.

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