ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Assessing the Electoral System

The Indian election system, first set in motion in 1952, is arguably the largest democratic exercise in the world. Over the years, the conduct of elections has assumed the tone of a comprehensively orchestrated exercise, under the aegis of the Election Commission, a constitutionally mandated body. In the last decade, a series of reforms have been implemented in the election process such as the introduction of photo identity cards and electronic voting machines. This article attempts a survey of voters in the Lok Sabha elections of 2004, to assess voter views on the electoral system and their perceptions with regard to recent changes introduced by the EC. Despite persistent worries, such as the unfavourable political climate prevailing in some states that in turn impact the election process, the electorate continues to retain faith in the system.

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