Article 326 of Indian Constitution: Elections to the House of the People and to the Legislative Assemblies of States to be on the basis of adult suffrage.
Article 326 – Constitution Of India
The elections to the House of the People and to the Legislative Assembly of every State shall be on the basis of adult suffrage; that is to say, every person who is a citizen of India and who is not less than 2 [eighteen years] of age on such date as may be fixed in that behalf by or under any law made by the appropriate Legislature and is not otherwise disqualified under this Constitution or any law made by the appropriate Legislature on the ground of non-residence, unsoundness of mind, crime or corrupt or illegal practice, shall be entitled to be registered as a voter at any such election.
What is Article 326 of Indian Constitution
In simpler terms, Article 326 can be summarized as follows:
- Universal Adult Suffrage: Elections to the House of the People (Lok Sabha) and State Legislative Assemblies shall be conducted based on universal adult suffrage, which means that every citizen of India who meets certain criteria has the right to vote.
- Qualifications for Voting: To be eligible to vote, a person must be a citizen of India, at least eighteen years of age (as determined by law), and not disqualified under the Constitution or any law due to reasons like non-residence, unsoundness of mind, criminal conviction, or involvement in corrupt or illegal practices.
Article 326 enshrines the principle of equal voting rights for all eligible citizens, regardless of their background or social status, and is fundamental to the democratic process in India. It ensures that the right to vote is extended to a broad and diverse section of the population.
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