The Preamble of the Constitution of India declares it to be a democratic republic. Democracy is the basic feature of the Indian Constitution. But, democracy can be sustained by free and fair elections. Only free and fair elections to the various legislative bodies in the country can guarantee the growth of a democratic polity. It is the cherished privilege of a citizen top participate in the electoral processes which place persons in the seats of power. India has been characterised as the biggest democracy in the world because of the colossal nature of the elections held in the country. As a general election, an electorate of millions goes to the poll to elect members for the Lok Sabha, State legislative Assemblies, and the legislatures of the Union Territories. Besides this, at the local levels also the elections are held by the Election on every five years.
Dr. Sanjay Kumar Pandey, Associate Professor & Director – CCJR, Unitedworld School of Law (UWSL)
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