Right to Recall and Right to Reject : Electoral Reforms in India

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Right to Recall your M.P.

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  1. A.V.

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    Anna Hazare to now take up electoral reforms


    Soon after Anna Hazare ended his 13-days long fast on Sunday morning after Parliament adopted the Sense of the House resolution on his three key demands, the anti-corruption activist declared that electoral reforms will be his next crusade to bring down corruption, reports stated.

    "I have only deferred my fast, not given it up. Only when these reforms are complete will I really end my fast. I will not rest until all the changes that I look to are achieved," hazare reportedly said.

    Hazare reportedly dismissed charges that his campaign was against corruption and that change has to be done through constitutional means adding that his fight would now be for Right to recall and Right to reject as part of electoral reforms.

    Right to recall would be for those who are elected and Right to reject will be a column in the ballot paper to ensure that the voter has a right to say that he does not like the listed candidates.

    “You should be able to reject your candidate in the ballot paper. We have to do that…If the majority in a constituency says that they reject a candidate, even then the election should be cancelled. How much money they (candidates) will distribute? Once the candidate spends Rs. 10 crore for one election and if the election is cancelled, then right sense will dawn upon them," Hazare was quoted as saying.

    He further said that what has been achieved in Parliament on Saturday is a victory of the people of India, democracy and those assembled in Ramlila Ground, reports stated.

    Anna Hazare to now take up electoral reforms

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    Do you think his demand for electoral reforms, such as citizens be given the right to recall their M.P or reject the candidates , is practical ? Are you with Annaji on this ? Is he right this time too ?


    Please weigh in your thoughts, opinions and comments.
     
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  3. Param

    Param Senior Member Senior Member

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    He may be right but that's not going to happen. Anybody who believes that can happen is outright Naive.

    I think team Anna should continue to focus on Lokpal.
     
  4. The Messiah

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    Simple.

    Dont vote for particular mp in the first place.

    It will result is more money being wasted since elections will have to held everytime mp is thrown out.
     
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    It wont cost much... atleast not like those wasted in scams of billions...
     
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    kalkibhagwan Tihar Jail Banned

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    Every person will have a different POV of their MP based on which side of the religion/caste they r on... but still.. it will prevent mal practices in general.. atleast we wil be able to remove idiots like kalmadi... everyone knew he was corrupt but no one was able to do anything... he was sport minister.. but thats a general POV
     
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    Godless-Kafir DFI Buddha Senior Member

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    There should also be voting through ATMs to recall politicians who fail. We should set up an ATM based voting where you use your Debit or Credit card to cast a vote, the vote does not need to be done as mass movement all at once but in his 5yr term if more than 52% of people cast a NO-CONFIDENCE and it accumulates over months and years then that person should be recalled.
     
  8. Singh

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    Negative Voting should be a fundamental right. If the majority of votes choose none of the above, then those candidates should be barred from contesting elections for a definite period.
     
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    We should have this option.

    But what would happen if "none of the above" gets majority in every election in a constituency ?
     
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    New candidates and fresh elections ?
    Or how about nominating an MP from a pool of distinguished personalities from that area ? NO LAWYERS ALLOWED.
     
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    new candidates trick wont work because people will be making there relatives/friends stand if they get rejected.

    Why no lawyers ?
     
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    Have lost count on the number of Lawyers in the Parliament.
     
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    Right to recall will not work due to the huge size of our constituencies. However negative voting is an idea whose time has come in India. People generally vote for the party and not the candidate, however in some cases there will be a time, where the negative vote will score the maximum.
     
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    Right to Recall/Reject

    Right to recall candidate: Cong says it's impractical, BJP differs

    NEW DELHI: Congress on Monday said the right to recall elected representatives and reject candidates as demanded by activist Anna Hazare is "not practical" as "50 percent of people do not vote" in the country while the BJP said the issue should be given serious consideration.

    "Right to recall is not practical in India. 50 percent people do not go for voting. Candidates win elections by getting only three crore votes out of 13-14 crore voters.... so I do not think it is possible in the country," Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi told reporters outside Parliament House.

    On the demand for right to reject candidates, he said, "Same way this will be applicable when maximum voters will come forward for voting. First we should try to ensure that 80-90 percent voters go for voting. Otherwise right to reject is also not feasible."

    Soon after he ended his 12-day fast on Lokpal issue, Anna Hazare on Sunday said his fight would now be for Right to Recall and Right to Reject as part of electoral reforms so that corruption can be reduced.

    "While Right to Recall would be for those elected, the Right to Reject will be a column in the ballot paper which would ensure the voter has a right to say that he does not like the listed candidates.

    "We have to reform electoral system. (we need) Right to Reject. You should be able to reject your candidate in the ballot paper. We have to do that."

    Backing poll reforms, BJP leader Rajnath Singh said, "As far as change in sytem is concerned, we are in favour of it. There should be changes in electoral system, administrative system and economic system."

    Recalling the JP movement, Singh said, "When JP had given the call for complete revolution in the country, the issue of right to recall and right to reject was raised during that time. The issue should be taken up seriously."
     
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    These two electoral changes are very much necessary to bring accountability into our political class .Once elected they feel like getting license to do gundagardi for 5 years. Right to reject should be must. once rejected one shouldnt get through backdoor of Rajya Sabha as well for next 5 years. people defeat chidambaram and besharm come back through Rajya sabha.
     
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    If 50% of people don't vote then why are we calling this democracy as representative democracy.

    I think, the first step should be to make voting compulsory and then include the option of 'Right to Reject all candidates' on the EVM. If more than 50% of total votes polled are "Right to Reject all candidates", then the candidates in the fray have to be disqualified automatically from standing in elections anywhere in India. And a re-poll has to be conducted with fresh set of candidates in the fray. This way people can ensure that only clean candidates stand in the election irrespective of political affiliation.

    Though I'm not sure of applicability of 'Right to Recall' to Indian politics. I would like to read more on this to form an opinion.
     
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    Govt working on right to recall idea, Khurshid

    New Delhi, Oct 17, DHNS:

    After the Election Commission declared the idea of right to recall as impractical, Law Minister Salman Khurshid said the government is working on the proposal of Anna Hazare for such a provision and this can be the part of the all-party consultations on electoral reforms.

    Lawyer-turned-politician, Khurshid, said the demand for right to recall of elected representatives was a difficult task, but the government was “working on that.”

    “We have a very strong lobby that is questioning us on the need to introduce the right to reject,” Khurshid said speaking on “Bharat and India: Challenges and Ambitions” at the Asian Forum for Global Governance here.

    Speaking about the difficulties in implementing such a law, the minister said: “Right to recall in a constituency that has more than 1.5 million voters. Get signatures from 100 thousand or 50 thousand, authenticate those signatures is not an easy job. But we are working on that.”

    The all-party meeting which expected to take place either this month or in November, depending on the availability of party leaders, would be addressed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
     
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    I would recommend DFI members to watch this video where our CEC SM Qureshi is interviewed by Karan Thapar. CEC talks about Right to Recall, Right to Reject, Debarring candidates with Criminal charges, Stated funding of candidates. A lot of material to discuss up on.
     
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    Right to Recall Politicians: Will It Work in India?

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    Bangalore: Should voters wait for 5 years to recall their representatives or can they recall them anytime for their nonperformance? The debate on electoral reforms heats up.

    A prominent cause in Team Anna's agenda, the movement is gearing up to build more pressure on the government on electoral reforms, specially the right to recall the elected representatives.

    The Government has been noncommittal on the issue leaving it to the experts to decide on the matter. In a country like India where large number of undesirable candidates get selected every year, where elections are highly influenced by money power and muscle power where even arty Tickets are purchased by affluent candidates.

    Right to Recall: Will It Work in India?
     
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    What If We Had the Right to Recall Our Leaders

    I magine having the power to recall your MLA or MP if he stopped paying attention to his constituency. That is the power of the Right to Recall, the next item on Anna Hazare’s agenda. Recall is a powerful tool to make politicians accountable since it does not require any corruption charges against them. It requires between 25 percent and 50 percent of the electorate to be dissatisfied by the MP/MLA’s performance.

    So, instead of an opinion poll that Team Anna carried out in Kapil Sibal’s constituency, they could have campaigned for a recall vote and if, like the survey, 90 percent believed that Sibal had stopped representing them, they could have removed him from Parliament!

    Switzerland and the USA pioneered this concept in the late 19th century. But most constitutional experts and political observers have panned the idea of recall in India.

    “Given the number of people in an Indian constituency as well as our electoral system (first past the post), recall is an impractical idea made fashionable by arm chair critics. It works when the population of the constituency is small,” says Subhash C. Kashyap, former secretary general of Lok Sabha and author of several books on Indian constitution and polity. He says that a parliamentary constituency in India has 20 lakh to 30 lakh voters. If 50 percent of them need to petition for a recall through a signature campaign, it would be impractical to verify all signatures.

    In the US, where 18 states have the provision to recall at the state level and 36 at the local level, 75 percent of all recalls happened at the city council or school board level. At the state level, California initiated 32 gubernatorial recall attempts since 1911, but the 2003 recall, when Arnold Schwarzenegger became governor, was the first ever to lead to a vote.

    In India, the winning candidate has just 10 percent to 20 percent of the total votes. “Does that mean you will keep recalling all elected representatives?” asks Kashyap.

    M.R. Madhavan of PRS Legislative Research says, “A recall may work against the electorate since the politician will be wary of taking tough decisions that may endanger his position in the short-term even though they may be beneficial for the public in the longer term,” he says.

    Read more: Forbes India Magazine - What If We Had the Right to Recall Our Leaders
     
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    Right to recall will destablise the country.


    Every Tom, dick and Harry will start protests over the country for 2 bit reasons and they'll demand the recall of MLAs & MPs. Net result =political instability.
     
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