Electoral changes needed -Only those who get more than fifty percent votes or seats to be winnerThe system of selecting the winner in our electoral system is 'first past the post'. That is the one who gets the maximum number of votes than all others is declared as the winner. It does not matter what percentage of votes the candidate gets. So a person who gets just 25 percent of polled votes can be the winner if every other rival candidate gets individually, at least one vote less than this candidate.
The recent happenings post-Karnataka assembly elections have thrown many questions and make us rethink and ponder. The winner gets a few seats less than 50 percent of seats. So the others interpret 'people's mandate' as against the winner, explaining that the combined number of all rivals is more than that of the winner.
Can we apply the same logic to the constituency level also? Why not?
If the same logic is applied to the previous phase, ie. that of electing the MLAs,(or ward members etc) what will happen if all other losing candidates join and form a coalition and ask for declaring the winner a loser and declare a common candidate winner? Then what is the real role of the real voter, Where is his will? Is it respected?
Now that the courts have accepted this logic in more than one case, I feel the same has to be applied to constituency level or any level of the election –OR -the electoral rules have to be changed that only those who get more than 50 percent(votes or seats ) to be declared the winner.
Please ponder over this and give your views.