ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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India's Electoral System

India’s first-past-the-post electoral system has generated a series of political defi ciencies that have prompted discussion of institutional change. In March 2015, the Law Commission of India concluded that a hybrid electoral system that includes proportional elements should be considered. Yet, the commission’s recommendations have not gained traction. Changing election rules is not easy. But there are important international examples of successful institutional shifts. Altering India’s electoral system has the potential for rectifying some of the country’s destructive political trends.

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