"A special session of Parliament should be called to discuss poll reforms," Singh said at a conclave organised by Hindustan Times on electoral reforms. Existing system should be changed and a candidate should be declared winner only if he or she gets at least 50 per cent votes, he said.
Singh also suggested that the election commission should not allow bureaucrats from contesting elections for at least five years after retirement. The conclave was also attended by Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and chairman of National SC/ST Commission and Congress MP P L Punia.
While people in rural areas turn out to cast their franchise, educated and elite class mostly stay away from the polling, the SP chief claimed. Punia suggested that the commission should see if the political parties were adhering to the promises made in their manifestos.