Election Commission’s power to countermand elections

The power to countermand elections is an extreme weapon in the hands of the Election Commission to ensure free and fair elections. The ongoing Lok Sabha election has so far not witnessed any countermanding by the E.C. which is a pointer to the credibility of the electoral process. In this news analysis, I examine three recent cases which called for intervention from the E.C., but which led to three different public reactions as to the E.C.’s power to countermand elections.

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