Election reforms in India and issues before the election commission
Bashir Ahmad Sheikh
Elections constitute the signpost of democracy. The attitudes, values and beliefs of the people towards their environment are reflected through these medium. Election grant people a government and the government has constitutional right to govern those who elect it. Elections provide an opportunity to the people to express their faith in the government from time to time and change it when the need arises. Elections symbolize the sovereignty of the people and provide legitimacy to the authority of the government. Thus, free and fair elections are indispensable for the success of democracy. In democracy the public is most powerful entity. If the public do not vote in favour of criminals, dishonest and corrupt politicians who wish to purchase their votes by money or muscle powers, everything shall function nicely and the democracy will shine in the dark spectrum of hitherto corrupt and criminalised political system. So, though the EC is working hard in this direction, but it cannot succeed unless all political parties and voters realize their responsibility. Finally there should proper mechanism, fully functional and fully equipped to fight with any triviality. Free and fair election is a mandate given by our constitution for a parliamentary democracy. Only free and fair elections to the various legislative bodies in the country can be guarantee the growth of a democratic polity.