Consultations on Electoral reforms – India is known to have the largest democracy in the world. However, there is a need to strengthen this democracy which can happen only with some reforms in our electoral system. There has been an urgent need for electoral reforms and demand for this need has been made by many government committees and civil society organizations. Hence, the inititative taken up by the Ministry of Law and Justice along with the Election Commission of India is appreciated and it surely is a step forward to accomplish this endeavor.
7 regional consultations and one national consultation has been organized. The regional consultations would be held in : Bhopal , Kolkata, Bangalore, Guwahati, Mumbai, Lucknow, Chandigarh etc.
8.National Consultation, Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi – 2nd and 3rd April, 2011
To prepare for these consultations a background paper has been created on electoral reforms. The paper can be downloaded from the given link Click Here
Also put together below are various government committees in the past who have taken up the issue of electoral reforms. The reports prepared by these committees and recommendations made by them have been put together in the background paper mentioned above.
The Second Administrative Reforms Commission (2008) - Click Here
Election Commission of India – Proposed Electoral Reforms (2004) Click Here
National Commission to review the Working of the Constitution (2001) - Click Here
Law Commission Report on Reform of the Electoral Laws (1999) Click Here
Vohra Committee Report (1993) Click Here
Indrajit Gupta Committee on State Funding of Elections (1998) Click Here
Goswami Committee on Electrol Reforms (1990)
ADR and NEW has prepared a document containing its recommendations for electoral and political reforms. To download Click Here
Law Commission' draft for amendments to the Representation of People Act, titled 'Organisation of Political Parties and matters incidental thereto'. To download Click Here
Draft of Political Parties (Registration and Regulation of Affairs, etc.) Act, 2011, prepared by committee headed by Justice M.N. Venkatachalaih, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India, and the Chairman of the National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution, 2001. To download Click Here