What is the indirect method of the election?

By Ritesh|Updated : September 3rd, 2022

Indirect elections are where the citizens elect a body, and the elected body then appoints its office holders. In India, we have introduced a system of proportional representation on a limited scale of indirect elections. The Constitution prescribes a third and comprehensive variant of the Proportional Representation system for the election of the President, Vice President, and Rajya elections Sabha and Vidhan Parishads.

Concept of Indirect Elections

  • It is one of the oldest forms of election and is used by many countries for heads of state, cabinets, heads of government, and/or upper houses. It is also used for some multinational legislatures.
  • India's Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Parliament, is largely elected indirectly by state parliaments.
  • Manmohan Singh is a member of the Rajya Sabha but was elected Prime Minister in 2004 by the majority party in the Lok Sabha (lower house of parliament). Because of this, Singh never won a direct or popular election as Prime Minister and was presented as a "technocrat"
  • Technocracy is an ideological system of governance in which decision-making bodies or decision-makers are chosen by people or appointed based on their expertise in a given scope of liability, especially as regards scientific or technical knowledge.

Summary:

What is the indirect method of the election?

Indirect elections are where the citizens elect a body, and the elected body appoints the officeholders. Functions that are indirectly elected may be elected by a permanent body or by a special body convened exclusively for that purpose.

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