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The Electoral Reforms of India

India's Electoral Reforms

India's Electoral Reforms

In this blog, we will discuss the different electoral reforms made by the Government of India. We will learn about electoral reforms from 1988 to 2003.

What are the electoral reforms?

Electoral reforms are the changes and updates made by the government in the voting system and election commission of India. Here is the list of some significant electoral reforms.

Electoral Reforms of 1988

In 1988, 61st Constitutional Amendment Act was passed. The act made the following changes in the voting system of the country:

Electoral Reforms of 1989

Following updates was introduced in 1989:

Electoral Reforms of 1993

In 1993, the election commission decided to issue photo identity cards to voters all over the country. The step was taken to maintain the fake voting identities.

Electoral Reforms of 1996

Following reforms were introduced in 1996:

Electoral reforms from 1997-1999

Electoral Reforms of 2003

Following reforms were introduced in the year 2003.

A Way Forward

Even after 2003, many changes were made in the voting system of the country. For example, in 2014, the NOTA system was introduced in the voting system. In the same year, the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail system was launched. In 2015, the government decided to put the photos of the candidates on EVMs and Ballot Papers. Electoral reforms are essential as they help in keeping the original meaning of democracy. At the same time, reforms assist in meeting the demands of the changing times and needs.

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