Elections in India
After a year of uncertainty and political unrest, Delhi is headed towards fresh Assembly elections which are scheduled to be held on February 7, 2015. The results will be announced on February 10, 2015.
It is going to be highly engrossing and exciting to see the 'Dance of Democracy' in the capital-city this time. The newly formed Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had emerged as a serious contender for power in the Delhi Assembly elections 2013, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) did manage to get a fair number of seats. But the Indian National Congress (INC) had faced a virtual rout.
The picture has undergone a sea change. AAP's image has suffered ever since Arvind Kejriwal resigned as CM after 49 days, though the party still remains a strong challenger to the BJP. As for the BJP, it is riding high on its victories in General Elections 2014 and Assembly polls in several states. The Congress too is trying its best to retain its relevance in Delhi politics.
Corruption, crime, women’s safety, water and power supply and development are the core issues in Delhi elections.
Answer Delhi! is an initiative taken by Elections.in to provide the people of Delhi with the real picture of the city and the work that has been done by their 'representatives' in various constituencies. This would help the people make the best democratic choices in the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections.
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Election System in India
Types of Elections in India
Following are the major types of elections in the country:
- Elections to Lok Sabha
- Elections to Rajya Sabha
- Elections to State Assemblies
- Elections to Legislative Council
- Elections to the posts of President, Vice-President.
- Elections to Local Bodies
- Municipal Corporation
- Gram Panchayat Elections
- Zila Panchayat Elections
- Block Panchayat Elections
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.
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