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The Role of Election Commission of India in strengthening the largest Democracy of the World

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Elections are foundation – stone of any democracy. As the democracies in the modern times are mainly representative in character, they are shaped by the method of election. India has adopted the indirect or representative system of democracy. Besides, universal adult franchise, free, fair and periodic elections; independent election machinery is prominent among the features of Indian democracy. The conduct of free fair and impartial elections depends much upon the performance of the three elements which form a triangle. They are the independent and impartial electoral machinery; the political parties and candidates; and the electorate. According to the Constitution of India, the entire electoral machinery is supposed to function under the Election Commission of India, which has been granted freedom of functioning from the executive under Article 324 of the Constitution of India.
Holding regular periodic elections, based on universal adult suffrage (granted under Article 326 of the Constitution)in a vast country like India with huge population, is not a small and easy task. In the proposed paper, an attempt would be made to make a detailed analysis of the role Election Commission of India in strengthening the largest democracy of the world. Election Commission, like any other institution, come across many challenges in its functioning viz. corrupt electoral practices, electoral offences, role of money and muscle power, misuse of government power and machinery and discontent with the existing electoral system. Further attempt would be made to enumerate and analyze the problems and challenges facing the electoral machinery of India.
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SHARMA, NEELAM. and SHARMA, ASHOK. "The Role of Election Commission of India in strengthening the largest Democracy of the World" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, Hotel InterContinental, New Orleans, LA, Jan 03, 2007 <Not Available>. 2013-12-16 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p143288_index.html>

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SHARMA, N. and SHARMA, A. K. , 2007-01-03 "The Role of Election Commission of India in strengthening the largest Democracy of the World" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, Hotel InterContinental, New Orleans, LA <Not Available>. 2013-12-16 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p143288_index.html

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Abstract: Elections are foundation – stone of any democracy. As the democracies in the modern times are mainly representative in character, they are shaped by the method of election. India has adopted the indirect or representative system of democracy. Besides, universal adult franchise, free, fair and periodic elections; independent election machinery is prominent among the features of Indian democracy. The conduct of free fair and impartial elections depends much upon the performance of the three elements which form a triangle. They are the independent and impartial electoral machinery; the political parties and candidates; and the electorate. According to the Constitution of India, the entire electoral machinery is supposed to function under the Election Commission of India, which has been granted freedom of functioning from the executive under Article 324 of the Constitution of India.
Holding regular periodic elections, based on universal adult suffrage (granted under Article 326 of the Constitution)in a vast country like India with huge population, is not a small and easy task. In the proposed paper, an attempt would be made to make a detailed analysis of the role Election Commission of India in strengthening the largest democracy of the world. Election Commission, like any other institution, come across many challenges in its functioning viz. corrupt electoral practices, electoral offences, role of money and muscle power, misuse of government power and machinery and discontent with the existing electoral system. Further attempt would be made to enumerate and analyze the problems and challenges facing the electoral machinery of India.

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