If voters are decent fellows who are pained by the aggressive vote buying tactics of politicians, it is not hard for them to do something about it. They can easily decide to not vote for the politicians who spend more on advertising and campaigns. Nothing angers people more than the influence of corporations in elections. If politicians have raised money by promising to sell favors to Tata’s and Ambani’s, it is suicidal to vote for politicians who spend more. If voters reasoned like this, politicians will spend as little as possible. Politicians can sell favours only if the voters do not care. If politicians sell favours that anger voters, they will soon be looking for a real job.
Read Does Corporate funding undermine democracy? in DNA.