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More Strength to the Citizens of India to De- Elect
Although Indian Election Commission as of now does not offer a RIGHT TO RECALL to its voters, yet, once effected, this can be a powerful strength to the voters in the largest democracy.
The Right to Recall is a provision by which voters can dismiss the elected official. It relies on the principle that if citizens are empowered to elect their representative, they should also be empowered to recall the same Elected Representative. Citizens may feel inadequacy in the way the elected official has failed to serve or represent the constituency and hence can exercise The Right to Reject.
The Modus Operandi
A Referendum is a kind of vote with only two options :
1. Candidate AB should be recalled from the post/ office: YES
2. Candidate AB should be recalled from the post/ office: NO
A percentage of citizens sign a petition asking for a referendum for recall or no recall. The percentage of referendum is set to 10%, 12%, 20% of the total number of voters.
A referendum is triggered when the percentage touches the set percentage
If the number of votes to recall AB from the office exceed the number of votes to not recall, the Elected Official is recalled.
Subsequently, a recall election may take place to fill up the vacant slot. The recalled candidate may or may not be allowed to contest the recall election.
Currently, even if 99 out of 100 voters press NOTA option, the remaining one candidate gets elected as an MP or MLA. This is a common sense that such an election is counter to the very nature of democracy. Further, in the absence of a RIGHT TO RECALL, this MLA/ MP will serve the office for 5 years (except J&K where the term is 6 years).
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