Democracy and elections in India: reviewing the role of the Election Commission and the courts

Surya Deva*

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Abstract

The Indian Constitution adopts a number of strategies to ensure that elections in the world’s largest democracy are not only periodic but also free and fair. This chapter examines critically the role played by the Election Commission and the Supreme Court in achieving these objectives. It is argued that, despite imperfections, the presence of an ‘independent’ Election Commission and a ‘vigilant’ Supreme Court has sustained a vibrant democracy in India.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJudicial review of elections in Asia
EditorsPo Jen Yap
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Chapter3
Pages38-56
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781315668567
ISBN (Print)9781138950283
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Asian Law
PublisherRoutledge

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