Article 326 of the Constitution provides
that 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, a
should not be less than 21 years of age. It has been found that many
of the countries have specified 18 years as the voting age. In our
country some of the State Governments have adopted 18 years of age for
elections to the local authorities. The
present-day youth are
literate and enlightened and the lowering of the voting age
provide to the unrepresented youth of the country an opportunity to
give vent to their feelings and help them become a
part of the
political process. The present-day youth are very much politically
conscious. It is, therefore, proposed to reduce the voting age from
21 years to 18 years.
2. The Bill seeks to achieve the above object.
The 9th December, 1988.
THE CONSTITUTION (SIXTY-FIRST AMENDMENT)
[28th March, 1989.]
An Act further to amend the Constitution of India.
BE it enacted by Parliament in the Thirty-ninth
Year of the Republic
of India as follows:-
1. Short title.- This Act may be called the
Amendment) Act, 1988.
2. Amendment of article 326.-In article
326 of the Constitution, for
the words "twenty-one years", the words "eighteen
years" shall be