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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 guidelines The earliest attempt to regulate opinion polls was made in 1998 when the ECI […]

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 this judgement, the Supreme Court had given the following two important pronouncements: Recognition of the […]

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 issue was tackled by the Supreme Court. S.Subramaniam Balaji v. Government of Tamil Nadu In […]

Importance of 1957 in electoral history of India

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

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