In a letter to the Home Ministry and the Law Ministry, the poll body has asked them to once again circulate the instructions to state governments to ensure that cases related to electoral offences are pursued in courts are taken to a logical conclusion irrespective of the time taken.
During the period of election, election officials and the police detect several incidents of violation of law, electoral offences and corrupt practices committed by candidates or by their supporters.
"These violations and malpractices have serious adverse implications in the conduct of free and fair elections, a mandate given to the Commission under Article 324 of the Constitution," the EC said.
It said prosecution of these cases before the courts of law understandably takes time. However, irrespective of the time lag, the proper and meticulous prosecution of the cases initiated during the election and taking them to their logical conclusion is important for ensuring free and fair election which is the corner-stone of democracy.

"Even cases involving serious offences like bribery, which have serious implication in the context of fair elections and free exercise of franchise by the electors, are sought to be withdrawn at times. The withdrawal of such cases is totally against public interest and also sends a wrong signal that miscreants may indulge in any electoral malpractices and offences at elections with impunity as those cases may be withdrawn later," the EC said.

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