Democracy election is a way to ensure government accountability, citizen involvement in governance, and thus make citizens ultimately sovereign.
But during the elections, India is witnessing several democracy-threatening issues. Recent ones are the following:
The weakness of the electoral commission in dealing with electoral crimes and dubious parties. For example, there is no power to decognize any party
Non-commitment by political parties to transparency as in the case of refusal of RTI
Debate on holding concurrent elections
Question by a section of politicians on the effectiveness / tampering of EVMs
Lack of transparency in the financing of election bonds
Allowing the party to accept donations from abroad
Fake news threat that leads to misinformed citizens
Hate news to create social polarization in the name of religion, caste, language, etc.
Paid news also vitiated the fair campaign
Besides the above-mentioned issues, also old concerns have surfaced like:
Use of money and muscle strength
Use of money in black
Low turnout of voters etc
Some of the main reasons behind these problems are:
Illiteracy and lack of awareness of democratic rights / duties among citizens
Apathy and vested interests of political parties (as in RTI)
Not keeping pace with changing technology (like fake news, paid news)
Make the election commission a holistic law, empower it to penalize.
Funding: set a ceiling on funding for political parties, consider government funding (as recommended by the Gupta Committee)
Make sure the model code of conduct is implemented effectively for misinformation, the hate campaign
"One year, one choice" as a midway point
India, which continues to be burdened with poverty, malnutrition and underdevelopment, can not bear a vicious election leading to corrupt leaders
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