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Delimitation in India

Previous exercises on the delimitation of Lok Sabha and assembly constituencies have been largely fair and satisfactory. However, the current delimitation exercise, under the auspices of the Fourth Delimitation Commission, involves several methodological issues that need to be resolved in a bipartisan, non-contentious manner, in keeping with the necessary constitutional specifications.

Methodological Issues

S ince July 2002, the exercise of delimitation of Lok Sabha and assem bly constituencies has been on in India. This is perhaps the longest delimitation exercise, and also the most expensive. The Delimitation Commission set up for the purpose has already been given two extensions, and its present term is due to expire in a few months time (July 31). The countdown has already begun, but it remains to be seen whether the commission will be able to complete its task. The anxiety is because of the fact that as of February 2006, delimitation has been completed only in the five states of Kerala, Tripura, Mizoram, Goa, Rajasthan and, in one union territory, Pondicherry.

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