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Recalls – How about applying this concept to the electoral process?

In Thoughts on April 28, 2011 by shsmani Tagged: , , , ,

This past year, we have been hearing about a lot of recalls, predominantly in the automobile space. So what is this recall? Recall is the process of taking the car out of the roads back to the company facility for unsatisfactory performance or probable concerns!

How about we apply this same concept to the electoral process? We elect MPs, MLAs, and elected representatives to the various civic bodies in our country. How good would it be if we had a recall switch to recall and throw a MP or MLA or any other elected representative for that matter, out of office for non-performance. Think about it, there is so much we can achieve by this; we could have prevented the huge scams like the 2G from happening.

Few critics could argue that tApplying Recall to the electoral Processhis would add the additional cost of re-elections and the subsequent burden to the tax payers. I would like to remind them as to how much of our taxpayers’ money has already gone into the pockets of vested interests as a result of these scams. One way or the other, the tax payers hard earned money is not fully and properly utilized so why not have a control mechanism in which, tax payers get to have their say more frequently than the 5 year period. This way at least there will be some pressure to perform.

The concept of recall in the electoral process is not completely new, rather not new at all. According to Wikipedia, the process of recall elections dates back to the Athenian democracy and is prevalent in a number of constitutions across the globe today. They include counties like USA, Venezuela, and parts of Canada and Switzerland.

More recent example of a successful recall is the 2011 recall of Carlos Alvarez, mayor of Miami-Dade county, Florida. Imagine, if we had a similar process in India, we could have by now removed a number of our “tainted” ministers who should never be in office in the first place. The term “tainted” minister pains me. How could a person be guilty of malpractice, dishonesty and deceit hold a public office and be an elected member?

Lokpal Bill and Anna Hazare’s crusade against corruption are our first steps toward the right direction. However it will be rendered meaningless if the enforcement of the laws are weak. How do we keep it under check? It is through such tighter control over the elected body via processes like recall elections.

Ideally the setup for India should be to have the ability to recall independent elected members, rather than the entire government. That way re-election spending can be reduced and people can send out feelers if they are unhappy with the performance of the government.

Well, this is the rants of yet another Indian of the 1.2+ billion Indians. Hope to see the light of the day when India grows to its fullest potential, sooner rather than later!

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2 Responses to “Recalls – How about applying this concept to the electoral process?”

  1. […] This past year, we have been hearing about a lot of recalls, predominantly in the automobile space. So what is this recall? Recall is the process of taking the car out of the roads back to the company facility for unsatisfactory performance or probable concerns! How about we apply this same concept to the electoral process? We elect MPs, MLAs, and elected representatives to the various civic bodies in our country. How good would it be if we had a … Read More […]

  2. All bow to the new Anna Hazare of Outlaws!
    Will endorse this view!

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