elections in india

March 27, 2016

Various Amendments of Representation of Peoples Acts

The Representation of Peoples Acts have been amended for several times, often witnessing a progressive improvement in the election process and sometimes reflecting the tussle between the executive and judiciary. The notable changes made in various amendments are as follows:…

March 27, 2016

Regulatory Framework on Political Parties in India

In the constitution, the only reference to political parties is found in the 10th schedule (disqualification). Framing and administering the rules for political parties comes under EC.  EC has the ultimate power to register or deny the registration of any…

March 27, 2016

Voting Rights of Defence Personnel in India

The Supreme Court of India on March 24 2014, directed the Election Commission to allow the Armed Forces voters to vote like general electors in the places of their posting(only in peace areas and not on border areas). It should…

March 27, 2016

Universal Adult Suffrage in India

The right of the people to vote and elect their representatives is called franchise. Adult franchise means that the right to vote should be given to all adult citizens without the discrimination of caste, class, colour, religion or sex. It…

March 27, 2016

Merits and Demerits of Direct and Indirect Elections

In direct elections, people directly vote for the candidates and elect their representatives. The following are examples of direct elections in which people over the age of 18 years participate by casting their votes: Lok Sabha elections, in which the…

March 27, 2016

Restriction on Number of Seats to Contest in Elections in India

Section 33(7) of the RPA permits a candidate to contest any election (parliamentary, assembly, biennial council, or bye-elections) from up to two constituencies, presumably to accord greater flexibility to candidates and increase their chances of winning a seat. Sub-section (7)…

March 27, 2016

NOTA Versus Right to Reject

The proposal to introduce negative voting to reject all the candidates if voters found them unsuitable was first discussed by the Law Commission in its 170th Report in 1999, as part of its “alternative method of election” Introducing NOTA guarantees…

March 27, 2016

Compulsory Voting In India: Issues and Analysis

The idea of making voting compulsory in response to declining voter turnout in elections have been debated for many years. This section attempts to cover the issue of compulsory voting and its implementation in detail. Attempts in the past to…

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…