On March 31, 2019, Kautilya Society at NLSIU and the Law School Policy Review organised a conference on Electoral Reforms in India. Titled ‘Freer & Fairer’, the conference was divided into three panels, each of which was tasked with debating and proposing reforms for a distinct area of election law & policy. The panelists were Sudhanshu Kaushik, Founder of Young India Foundation, Jyothi Raj, Chief Functionary of ‘Campaign for Electoral Reforms’, and Tara Krishnaswamy, Co-Founder of ‘Citizens for Bangalore’.
The panel focused on legal and systemic hurdles in ensuring free and fair elections. The Panel emphasised on need to increase access, hence diversity through elections. It discussed the non-representativeness in the present set-up, with a special emphasis on youth and women. It also discussed how the Proportional Representation system can work in India and increase representativeness of its democratic system.
Read more about the event here.