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Results of 2016 Assembly elections for four states of Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala as well as the union territory of Puducherry have come out with no major upsets and surprises. The regional parties such as the TMC and the AIADMK clinched victory yet again from West Bengal and Tamil Nadu. They doused all speculations over possible defeat in the wake of scandals and corruption charges.

Kerala was an easy win for the LDF despite the exit polls predicting a neck-on-neck fight with the UDF. As predicted, BJP created history in Assam by defeating the Congress government as it rode high on the anti-incumbency factor. Congress' only saving grace was the victory in Puducherry and a slight increase in vote share in West Bengal. The national parties are now looking to mend their fortunes in 2017 Uttar Pradesh and Punjab elections.
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Election System in India

Types of Elections in India

Following are the major types of elections in the country:

Right to Vote
The Constituent Assembly adopted the principle of universal adult franchise as the main method of democratic representation in the Lok Sabha and in the State Legislative Assemblies. The original Article 325, providing for adult suffrage fixed the age of eligibility to vote for elections to the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabhas, at 21 years, but by the 62nd Amendment to this clause passed in 1989, it has been reduced to 18 years.
Election Process in India
In an election, various candidates of different parties contest against each other, out of which the people elect their representative. The stages of the election process of India include delimitation of constituencies wherein the entire area (the whole country in the case of Lok Sabha elections and that particular state in the case of Legislative Assembly elections) is divided into constituencies. After the demarcation of constituency, the voters' list of each constituency is prepared and published and nomination papers are filed by the candidates. Thereafter, nomination papers are scrutinised. The next stage is the campaign by all the candidates and the parties. The election campaign ends 48 hours before the polling. The last step is the counting of votes and declaration of result.

Political Parties in India
A political party is a group of people who want to achieve common goals by contesting elections and exercising political power upon winning. India has a multi-party system. Some of the major political parties in India are: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Indian National Congress, Bahujan Samaj party (BSP), Samajwadi Party, Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), National Congress Party (NCP), Janata Dal United (JDU) and Shiv Sena. There are also various regional parties in India.
Election Results History

Having commenced in the year 1951, elections in India are held after every five years. The PM is elected by the LS members after each election.

Assembly Election Results

Held every five years, MLAs are chosen by the people in Assembly Elections in different states. The Chief Minister is selected by the MLAs thereupon.

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