Election Commission

Electoral Bonds: Meaning, Functions, Issues and Analysis

February 23, 2017

Towards bringing reforms in political funding system, the budget has not only proposed bring down anonymous funding to a cap of Rs 2000, but also has come up with the idea of electoral bonds as a means of receiving donations by political parties. The reform is brought...

Q+A: Model Code of Conduct

February 3, 2017

Model Code of Conduct was recently in news when government’s move to advance the Union Budget was questioned by the opposition parties in a fear that budget proposals may influence voters in the poll bound states. Here we look at the basic facts and fundamentals of MCC:...

Opinion Polls in India and ECI Guidelines

March 27, 2016

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 guidelines The earliest attempt to regulate opinion...

NOTA (None of the Above) in India

March 26, 2016

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 this judgement, the Supreme Court had given...

Systematic Voter’s Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP)

March 26, 2016

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 actually know in relation to various components...

Freebies in Election Manifestoes

February 9, 2015

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 issue was tackled by the Supreme Court....

Importance of 1957 in electoral history of India

January 31, 2015

The years of 1952 and 1957 mark momentous occasions in India’s electoral history. However, 1957 was more crucial than 1951-52, and set the course of government that India was to follow. Do you agree? Justify your answer.

State Funding of Elections

January 21, 2015

“In the absence of state funding of elections, the Indian Parliament is heading towards amalgamation of several oligarchies.” Critically discuss.