To what extent do you agree with the use of term "proportional representation" in presidential election? Critically discuss giving reference to Constituent Assembly debates.

Published: July 8, 2017

The use of term “proportional election” with respect to election of President in India is flawed primarily because there can be no proportion unless there are at least two seats to be filled. Use of this term and also its significance was questioned in absence of multi-member constituency in the Constituent Assembly. In fact, this system should be called preferential or alternative vote system. Also, according to the Election Rule 1952, the method prescribed for election of president is called alternative vote.

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