The Constitution of India gives every adult 18 years or above of age the right to chose representatives through the exercise of his right to vote. There are no conditions attached to this right. Under British rule too, there was some form of representative government but the right to vote was restricted to around one sixth of adults who would have been eligible under universal franchise. Our Constitution has now extended political powers down the common man.
When evaluating the arguments raised on both sides it I believe that the Electoral College should be replaced by a national popular vote. There have been various results in which the popular vote did not reflect the results of the Presidential election. A notorious example of how distorted results can be under the Electoral College is that of Bush and Al Gore in Though Al Gore won the popular vote by One may argue that the electoral systems used in both the USA and UK marginalize minorities, causes wasted, insignificant votes and promote voter apathy. However despite the numerous criticisms of first past the post it has continued to be the system in place to decide the President in the USA and dictate which party forms government, and thus which party leader becomes Prime Minister in the UK, suggesting the system has its advantages.
A voter could switch from voting for the Conservatives to vote for the Labour Party at the next election because they decide according to single issues. In general the public today is not really aligned to parties anymore. There are still groups which are strongly related to one or the other party but that is not as common as was in the 50s and 60s. The important things today are which party has at the moment the right promises for the single voter and which party is better in delivering policy goals.
Forgot your password? Register now and get access to your personal control panel. When compared to other forms of governments, monarchies and dictatorships, democracy is the best form of government by far. Most of the nations have chosen the way of liberty and equality of people ; their progress has always been a direct outcome of it. One of the things that makes democracy so effective is that people can decide whom they would be governed by.