Democratic Politics

Chapter : 2. Political Parties

Some of the suggestions to reform political parties

Some of the suggestions to reform political parties: (i) A law should be made to regulate the internal affairs of political parties. It should be made compulsory for political parties to maintain a register of its members, to follow its own constitution , to have an independent authority to act as a judge in case party disputes to hold open elections to the highest post.
(ii) Reservation for women : It should be made mandatory for political parties to give minimum number of tickets, about one-third to women candidates. Similarly there should be quota for women in the decision making bodies of the party.
Some of the other ways to reform political parties are as under :
(i) People can put pressure on political parties : This can be done through petitions, publicity and agitations. Ordinary citizens, pressure groups and movements and the media can play an important role in this. If political parties feel that they would lose public support by not taking up reforms, they would become more serious about reforms.
(ii) Political parties can improve if those who want this join political parties : The quality of democracy depends on the degree of public participation. It is difficult to reform politics if ordinary citizens do not take part in it and simply criticise it from out side. The problem of bad politics can be solved by more and better politics.

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