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Report No. 255

E. Recommendations of Past Reports

(i) Report of the ECI on the fifth General Elections in India (1971-72)

4.16. The 1972 Report of the Election Commission also considered the merits of the proportional representation system, particularly by taking a look at how it operates in other countries. It took note of the fact that few populous countries have adopted a pure version of the proportional representation syste.- at best, a hybrid version of FPTP and proportional representation was followed, such as in Germany.

It listed the many disadvantages of the proportional representation syste.- that it led to a multiplicity of political parties, increase in the power of the bureaucracy and the party leaders, and its complexity. It therefore came to the conclusion that neither the list system nor any other version of proportional representation was suitable for India.

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