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One Nation, One Election: What it could mean for India

Authored by - Arunav Chetia


The concept of ‘One Nation, One Election’ suggests the conduction of simultaneous elections for the Lok Sabha and the state assemblies once in five years. Currently, there are about 5-7 elections to the State Assemblies every year, a situation which ends up adversely impacting the processes of development and governance. Continual elections and the lack of a legislative calendar also cause a disparity in the parliamentary proceedings. In this paper, Arunav Chetia explores the advantages of having simultaneous elections country-wide, as well as criticisms and potential problems. Finally, the paper suggests a possible arrangement for elections that can decrease the current frequency of elections in the country in the near term, thereby reducing the routine interruptions in the delivery of various welfare programmes.


Read the paper here.