While the Election Commission of India is gearing up to check the use of black money in the electoral process, it becomes imperative to avoid any delay in sending notice to all the political parties to get their accounts audited and make them public. It would be better if political parties transact through cheques, it can make monitoring of money flow easy. However, the Election Commission must not forget that the political parties generally resort to under-the-table transactions despite a proper monitoring mechanism put in place. Overcoming all such illegal transactions is the need of the hour because rampant use of black money in the electoral process has become an order of the day. Now things have reached to a pass that political parties have started paying cash for votes. The amount of undeclared money seized during the recently held Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu reflects the gigantic proportion where use of black money in the electoral process has reached its height. In fact, this is the reason why the government is busy constituting one committee after the other instead of implementing some concrete measures to curb the use of black money. However, the Election Commission must ponder over the expenditure limit fixed to contest election which is way below the actual amount required for it. It is impractical to expect a candidate to contest Assembly and Lok Sabha election with an amount of Rs 16 lakh and Rs 40 lakh respectively. There is no rationale behind fixing such amounts when the Chief Election Commissioner himself admits that crores are being spent by candidates to contest election.

The way political parties are willing to spend money to ensure victory in election, it becomes imperative that a mechanism should be developed to limit the amount spent during elections. Apart from putting a check on use of black money, the Election Commission should also take some concrete measures to stop people with criminal background from contesting elections because it’s unlikely that political parties will voluntarily refrain from fielding such people in the fray. Political parties will neither agree to give thrust to judicial reforms, nor will they seize invoking the law of jurisprudence where accused are innocent until proven guilty. The Election Commission will have to come up with reply to such age-old logics. It’s also high-time that the Commission pushes for intra-party democracy in political parties because at present all parties are involved in tokenism when it comes to implementing intra-party democracy. But such tokenism has become phantasm as political parties are now being run like a private limited company. The Election Commission must not forget that the electoral reforms are due for long lest they pollute both - the Indian polity as well as the electoral process.