Voter’s Right to Know the Antecedents of the Candidates

  • Dr Poonam Sharma
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  • Dr Poonam Sharma

    Assistant Professor at Institute of Law, Kurukshetra University Kurukshetra, India.

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The Right to know is the part of fundamental legal right to empower the people while deciding to cast their votes in support of candidates in the election. The right to know helps them to elect right candidate and it is one of the fundamental principles of representative democracy. Unless you know the credentials of the candidates the Parliament is formed from unknown members and the government is formed accordingly. Small city states provide easier opportunities to voters to know the candidates but Indian voters do not have such easier opportunities. The right to know of the antecedents of the candidates as proscribed under Section 33A and 125 of the Representation of People Act, 1951. These are all the information which will explain the nature of candidates and the voters are given options to choose their candidates. The Supreme Court has given several decision that the voters have right to know. In the present paper the researcher will discuss the right to know the antecedents of the candidates in light of the Right to Information Act, 2005 and various judgments.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 2, Page 1334 - 1345


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