Editorial: The Partial And Inconsistent Idea of Franchise and Democracy | Mehta & Raghuvanshi
In the editorial for Volume VII Issue I, the Editors-in-Chief, Ayush Mehta and Prakhar Raghuvanshi, pen down their thoughts on the status of the right to vote in India. They have analysed decisions to decipher the status of right to vote as a statutory right only in The Partial And Inconsistent Idea of Franchise and Democracy. The focus of the article is also on the cases which lay down a weak precedent when referring to the right to vote as a constitutional right. Having discussed this, they argue for recognition of the right as a constitutional one as opposed to a statutory one on three grounds: first, the constitutional origin of the right; second, the inherent limitation on powers of the legislature to restrict the right; and third, giving full effect to the intrinsic and instrumental character of the right.
Towards the end, the editorial provides a brief overview of the issue and activities conducted by the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Law & Administrative Law.
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