Conducting Elections in the World’s Largest Democracy: A Case Study of India

Citizens’ Periodic Reports on the Performance of State Institutions

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Publication No: ER-073

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Free, fair and credible Elections in Pakistan have been an area of focus of PILDAT under our overarching work on strengthening democracy and democratic institutions. For nearly a decade, PILDAT has been working on areas requiring electoral reforms in Pakistan as well as the independence, integrity and performance of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) resulting in a rich body of work of over 60 papers and publications on the subject. This paper, authored for PILDAT by Dr. Shahabuddin Yaqoob Quraishi, former Chief Election Commissioner of India, looks at the Election Commission of India (ECI) and how the institution ably manages Conducting Elections in the World’s Largest Democracy. The paper discusses the key strengths of the ECI, the various challenges faced by it especially in recent times, and in conducting India’s Lok Sabha and State Elections 2014 and how have those challenges been overcome by the ECI. The paper especially argues, in the context of Pakistan, on how some of the good practices from the ECI can be considered in strengthening the ECPand resultantly the electoral process in Pakistan.

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