Imphal, Oct 13,
The State Committee of Campaign for Electoral Reforms in India (CERI), Manipur organised the 2nd state conference on Campaign for Electoral Reforms in India for Proportional Representation at the Sangai hall of Hotel Imphal, north AOC, Imphal.
Jyothi Raj, Chief functionary of CERI, Manas Jena, national Coordinator of CERI, R. V. Mingthing, former minister, M Nara Singh, former Minister and Prof (Retd.)L. Sadananda Singh are on the dais as presidium members.
During the conference, the chief functionary of CERI Jyothi Raj while delivering keynote address highlighted about the Proportional Representation.
She maintained that the current democratic system can be described as election based representative democracy, adding that in some countries these systems are complimented by elements of grassroots democracy like petitions and plebiscites. She further elaborated that representative democracy can be divided into two systems, one is Majoritarian Electoral System (MES) which is followed in countries like USA, Britain, India and the other is Proportional Electoral System (PES) followed by in most of the European nations, New Zealand, South Africa, Nepal etc.
While giving his speech, Dr M Nara Singh expressed that the elections held in India are festival of money distribution, festival of distributing liquor to youth and many more.
Dr Nara maintained that the electoral system India followed does not fit the complexity of the voters which have a variety of caste, creed and religious minorities of the country. And hence the necessity for shift to Proportional Representation, he added.
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