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Do you think Mixed-Member Proportional (MMP) system for elections in India can overcome the limitations of first-past-the-post (FPTP) leading to a more balanced representation. Examine.

Topic:  Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.

2.  Do you think Mixed-Member Proportional (MMP) system for elections in India can overcome the limitations of first-past-the-post (FPTP) leading to a more balanced representation. Examine. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: The HinduInsights on India

Why the question:

The article discusses New Zealand’s voting system and its potential applicability in the Indian context

Key Demand of the question:

To write about MMP system, it advantages over for FPTP, its limitations and applicability in India.

Directive word: 

Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must investigate the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving context of MMP system for elections.

Body:

In the first part, write about the features of MMP and countries using it.

Next, write about the advantages of MMP system – better representation, reduced regionalism, and better inclusivity etc.

Next, write about the limitations that hinder the applicability of MMP in India.

Conclusion:

Conclude by writing a balanced opinion on the above.