The following points state outcomes of elections in India
(i) The ruling parties routinely lose elections in India both at the national and state levels.
In fact in every two out of the three elections held in the last fifteen years, the ruling party lost.
(ii) Candidates who are known to have spent a lot of money on ‘buying votes’ and those with known criminal connections often lose elections.
(iii) Barring very few disputed elections, the electoral outcomes are usually accepted as ‘people’s verdict’ by defeated party.
So, considering the above points, it is truly said that one final test of the free and fairness of election lies in the outcome itself.