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SCBA election results show very close contests: Could proportional representation improve matters?

The final results of the election to the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) show that it was a very closely contested election, and for some posts, the sizable votes secured by some non-serious candidates tilted the result in favour of the successful candidate.

Among the office bearers, only the President, Dushyant Dave secured more than 50 per cent votes, even though there were six candidates.

The difference in votes secured by the successful candidate and the runner-up for other posts are as follows:

Vice-President: 25 (The third candidate secured 81 votes. There were six candidates)

Hony Secretary: 74 (The third candidate secured 75 votes. There were 10 candidates)

Joint Secretary: 15 (The third candidate secured 370 votes. There were seven candidates)

Treasurer: 146 (The third candidate secured 330 votes. There were five candidates)

Joint Treasurer: 58 (The third candidate secured 446 votes. There were four candidates)

Among the six senior executive members, Jitendra Mohan Sharma secured the highest number of 1,019 votes, while Manoj Prasad secured the lowest, with 836.

PP Khurana, who came seventh but lost, secured 810 votes. There were eight candidates.

Among the nine executive members, Kumud Lata Das secured the highest 499 votes, while Shashi Juneja secured the lowest 351 votes. Ravi Prakash Gupta, who finished 10th, secured 342 votes. There were 45 candidates.

Considering that the first-past-the-post system of elections has been found to be unrepresentative in general elections, is it not time to reform the SCBA elections by introducing a runner-up election, or even proportional representation?

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