స్వతంత్ర భారత దేశంలో 'ఎన్నికలు' ప్రజాస్వామ్య విలువలు గట్టిగా పునాదులు వేసుకునే సాంప్రదాయానికి సాక్ష్యాలు.
In 2004 , Indian elections covered an electorate larger than 670 million people—over twice that of the next largest, the [[Elections in the European Union|European Parliament elections]]—and declared expenditure has trebled since 1989 to almost $300 million, using more than 1 million [[Indian voting machines|electronic voting machines]]<ref>[http://eci.gov.in/MiscStats/ExpenditureLokSabha.htm Indian General Election Expenditure, from ECI website] accessed 14 May 2006.</ref>.
The size of the huge electorate mandates that elections be conducted in a number of phases (there were four phases in [[Indian general election, 2004|2004 General Elections]]). It involves a number of step-by-step processes from announcement of election dates by the [[Election Commission of India]], which brings into force the 'model code of conduct' for the political parties, to the announcement of results and submission of the list of successful candidates to the executive head of the state or the centre. The submission of results marks the end of the election process, thereby paving way for the formation of the new government.
==భారత్ లో ఎన్నికల విధానము==