Election Commission

March 27, 2016

Opinion Polls in India and ECI Guidelines

Pre-election opinion polls and exit polls have become a regular feature in the last one and half decades within the Indian electoral landscape. Opinion polls are conducted by polling agencies and disseminated widely by the electronic and print media ECI…

March 26, 2016

NOTA (None of the Above) in India

While deciding on a demand for providing negative voting, the Supreme Court, on September 27, 2013 had made a judgement thereby directing the Election Commission to provide the NOTA (None of the Above) option on ballot papers and EVMs. In…

March 26, 2016

Systematic Voter’s Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP)

Qualitatively and quantitatively, the voter's participation is bedrock for a participative democracy. Similarly, the voter registration and electorate education are central to the election management process. India faces a huge gap between what the voters should know and what they…

February 9, 2015

Freebies in Election Manifestoes

In India, the culture of promising freebies in election manifesto has been spreading extensively. The ethicality and legality of such promises has been the subject of debate for a while now. This issue was brought to the forefront when the…

January 31, 2015

Importance of 1957 in electoral history of India

1951-51 marked the conduct of the first general elections in independent India, while 1957 was when the second general elections were conducted. While 1952 will also be a landmark in electoral history, 1957 is of more significance. The Indian National…

January 21, 2015

State Funding of Elections

Oligarchy is a system of power structure where effective power is in the hands of only a few people. The Indian system of government and the parliament, though democratic in theory, could effectively become an amalgamation of several oligarchies in…