One Nation One Poll, One Nation Many Poles

Among other factors, one data point influencing criticism is an IDFC Institute study which stated that “77 per cent of the voters tended to choose the same party” if elections are held simultaneously.

Critics believe there are positives in a non-synchronized electoral calendar as it calls the regimes to account, and as Justice Venkatachallaiah has observed, enables “democratic and appropriate expression” on issues.

Votaries point out that elections were held simultaneously from 1951 to 1967. True, but did that deliver governance that was needed ?

The ideal first step would be to bunch the elections in two tranches — in the summer of 2019 and the summer or autumn of 2021 by bringing forward polls to some states.

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