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Election Commission of India: Institutionalising Democratic Uncertainties

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Oxford University Press


Ujjwal Kumar Singh, Anupama Roy


As the constitutional body that conducts elections, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has emerged as a trusted institution within the shared space of democracy in India. This process has, however, been a fraught one because of contestation over the ECI’s constitutional responsibility and the power of Parliament to make laws to govern electoral matters. 

This comprehensive monograph discusses the history of the ECI through a study of the measures it has adopted to ensure certainty of procedures in order to maintain the democratic uncertainty of electoral outcome. In this context, innovations such as the Model Code of Conduct have enhanced the rule-making powers of the ECI. Going beyond the ECI’s design and performance framework, Singh and Roy argue that changes in the nature of electoral contests and domination of political regimes have made the task of preserving electoral integrity and assuring its deliberative content a challenging one.

About the Author

Ujjwal Kumar Singh is professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi, India. Anupama Roy is professor at the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.

Election Commission of India: Institutionalising Democratic Uncertainties
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