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2) Simultaneous elections is the top electoral reform on the government’s agenda. Examine why and the potential pitfalls in this idea. Suggest a holistic framework of electoral reforms which would address the current challenges in Indian elections?(250 words)

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2) Simultaneous elections is the top electoral reform on the government’s agenda. Examine why and the potential pitfalls in this idea. Suggest a holistic framework of electoral reforms which would address the current challenges in Indian elections?(250 words)

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Why this question

When it comes to electoral reforms, simultaneous elections is the top priority for the government. The article, however, points out that there are other reforms which should be focussed on as well. Moreover, there are several challenges in ensuring that the idea of simultaneous elections turn into reality. The question focuses on these aspects.

Key demand of the question

The question expects us to first discuss the idea of Simultaneous elections, the reasons why it is finding so much favour and the challenges expected in implementation of the idea. Thereafter, we need to discuss the electoral reforms required, in your opinion, to address the problems being faced in the electoral process of India.

Directive word

Examine – We have to discuss the reasons why simultaneous elections is top priority and the potential challenges that might crop up if implemented.

Structure of the answer

Introduction – Explain the idea of simultaneous elections.

Body

  • Discuss why simultaneous election is the focus of the government – reduction in cost, eliminating the cycle of constant elections etc
  • Discuss the potential challenges in conceiving a structure for implementation and thereafter. The challenges are discussed in great detail in the NITI Ayog report by Bibek Debroy.
  • When asked for your suggestions, you have the option to incorporate your viewpoints. However such viewpoints should be based on reports of committees, views of eminent scholars, views of ECI, 2nd ARC, Dinesh Goswami Committee, Indrajit Gupta Committee etc

Conclusion – Discuss the feasibility of simultaneous elections and what kind of electoral reforms should be carried out.