Direct Elections

Direct Elections

 

a system of elections under which the voters directly elect deputies to representative bodies. Unlike indirect elections, direct elections are the most democratic way of organizing representative institutions, since they effectively express the will of the voters. They also provide an opportunity for exercising the right of recall, whereby deputies who have not justified the trust of the voters are removed.

In the USSR, there are direct elections for positions on the people’s courts and all soviets of people’s deputies.

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Even though the new federal democracies have redefined the role for their upper houses, they have somehow shied away from introducing direct elections to them; using templates from older democracies, they have introduced methods that are only marginally better than the direct appointment of members.
Party chief Imran Khan has suggested that there should either be direct elections or there should be a party-list system, like that for women's reserved seats.
The petitioner added that we have option of direct elections of upper house of the parliament while elections of Senate can be held on the pattern of elections of Prime Minister and Chief Minister.
Direct elections are the most obvious cure, and quite frankly would also allow an argument to be made to enhance the Senate's power.
Those having interests would have opposed direct elections for the Senate," he said.
RPP chairman Kamal Thapa has said that his party will bag five seats in the House of Representatives under the direct elections and an attractive number of seats from the proportional election.
Before the introduction of direct elections, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) were appointed by each of the Member States national parliaments.
During the meeting, Senator Azam Khan Swati said Senate is playing the right role in political horizon of the country and added if direct elections procedure is adopted for Senate, then it will truly become a representative of its constituencies which have little connection as we speak of today.
Mushahid Hussain Sayed also opposed the direct elections for the Senate saying it involves many intricacies.
Direct elections would also impose competition among candidates.
Previously chosen by the parliament, a 2010 referendum paved the way for direct elections, as well as giving some 3 million Turks living abroad the right to participate in the voting process, RT reported.
He travels on Wednesday evening to Turkey to carry out his duties during the first direct elections for the office of president of Turkey.