Student at Banasthali Vidyapith, India
Elections determine who is in power, but they do not determine how power is used. The faith of people requires to be ensured not just in the rule of law but in the electoral system also. This paper will investigate on the role of crime and lagging gist in elections and politics in the context of the three organs, believed to be keeping a vigilant eye on each other- legislature, executive and judiciary. Democracy should become the basic structure and value system of the society. It is not a responsibility just of the authorities running for its safeguard but also of the people constituting the power to choose the system. Although very thorough systems of elections and laws have been advanced by the Parliament to ensure free and fair elections, the electoral system is surrounded by many corrupt practices. In accordance to the recount of Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) on September 25, 2018, 21% of Lok Sabha MPs and 9% of Rajya Sabha MPs are confronting grave criminal cases, adding on, as examined by ADR, 22% MLAs are also accused of serious criminal charges. There are 48 MPs and MLAs who have been charged with crimes against women; 64 MPs and MLAs are accused for kidnapping; and 56 MPs and MLAs are facing murder allegations. Many are accused with numerous offences. The paper further elaborates the subject matter and the safeguard and loopholes in the functioning of the Election Commission.
International Journal of Legal Science and Innovation, Volume 3, Issue 3, Page 1145 - 1154DOI: https://doij.org/10.10000/IJLSI.11862
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