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Lyngdoh in favour of 'proportionate representation'

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, August 20, 2013
First Published: 20:13 IST(20/8/2013) | Last Updated: 20:16 IST(20/8/2013)

Former chief election commissioner JM Lyngdoh on Tuesday batted for 'proportionate representation' in electoral houses and also said that political parties should come under the purview of the Right To Information (RTI) Act.

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Talking to reporters on the sidelines of his address at Panjab University on student elections, Lyngdoh said there had been instances where somebody winning by a margin of just one vote represented people of that area in electoral houses. "He is not the real representative, if there is proportionate representation. Parties would get representation as per their vote share in the particular election,"

Lyngdoh said, adding that if such a system was adopted, it would reduce the use of money and muscle power.

He pointed out that many nations had already opted for it. "Why are we shying away from experimenting it? Unfortunately, we have already turned it down, claiming that it would divide the nation," the former chief election commissioner said.

To a query about whether he was talking about community-based representation, he said that was up to the governments to take a call on. "But we are already divided on the basis of caste and religion... Isn't it so?" he said, adding that whether it should be community/caste-based and state-based was something which we should debate about.

He stated that in decent democracies, India was the only country where professional politicians were found. "Elsewhere, they are lawyers, teachers… but here we have a special category of politicians," he added.

All for bringing the Prime Minister's office under Lok Pal, he said those found indulging in corruption should be handed out exemplary punishment to set an example. Lyngdoh said the RTI Act should be applicable to political parties as well. "If the political parties are not public, then what is public," he asked.

He also opposed the concept of compulsory voting, saying that it would be against the principle of democracy.

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