Abridging Citizenship in a Democracy

The right to vote and the right to contest are central to the concept of citizenship in an electoral democracy. Therefore, these rights cannot be made contingent on qualifications which are extraneous to the concept of citizenship merely to meet some policy imperative of the State. While individuals may be individually disqualified from contesting for public office for personal culpability in such acts as crime and corruption or because of unsuitability due to unsoundness of mind, key citizenship rights cannot be made contingent on secondary criteria such as education and toilets in home

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