An Inquiry into India's Election System
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Annexures : Depositions by Experts
* Integrity of the Electoral Rolls – Deposition of Cdr P. G. Bhat (Retd.) - Deposition - 1
* Integrity of electoral rolls and the linkage of Voter ID to Aadhaar – Deposition of Dr. Anupam Saraph - Deposition - 1
* Integrity of Electoral Rolls – Deposition of Y Kiran Chandra - Deposition - 1
India is in the midst of five assembly elections. A timely Report to the People on inclusiveness of electoral rolls; rising criminalisation and money power; opaque and corrupt electoral bonds; serious violations of Model Code of Conduct; partisan role of media and lack of autonomy of the Election
Commission is therefore imperative.
The US based Freedom House’s 2021 report that appeared across the media on March 8, 2021 should put all Indians to shame. “India loses its status as ‘free’… Political rights and civil liberties have worsened since 2014, and the decline has accelerated since 2019.” India’s status on Freedom House’s report on political rights and civil liberties was lowered to “partly free.” In 2020, the organisation’s report had ranked India as “free.” Read Entire Introduction... English | Malayalam
Interim Report of the Citizens’ Commission on Elections on EVMs and VVPAT - Read Entire Executive Summary...
Modern India’s greatest pride is that it is not only the world’s largest, but because of the grassroots institutional mechanisms that we have built for the panchayat raj, is also the most vibrant democracy. It gives to every Indian the world’s largest number of elected representatives to ensure peoples’ participation in governance at the local, state and national levels. At the national level the institution of the Election Commission of India (ECI) is mandated to ensure that this participation is not only truly representative, but also one of the world’s most free. Read Entire Foreword... English | Malayalam
In the recent years India’s democracy has been called into question by international watchdogs. In the 2019 Democracy Index released by the intelligence unit of The Economist Group, London, India had slipped by 10 ranks to 51st position -- a big downgrade. The Index categorised India under “flawed democracies.” Read Entire Preface... | Malayalam
In a healthy democracy, citizens are expected to take an active interest in the process and conduct of elections. The Election Commission of India (ECI), set up under Article 324 of the Constitution of India, has often worked in close collaboration with independent organisations dedicated to the strengthening of democracy. Such bodies of citizens have provided valuable feedback to the Commission and have flagged issues of concern or alarm.