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Local Body Election Process in India
Process for election of local body

In the second week of November 2014, the Gujarat government made it mandatory for the voters to exercise their franchise and vote during the local body elections. That somehow sums up the importance of such elections. Since India has long been an exponent of “democracy at the grassroots level”, the elections to the rural and urban local bodies carry great significance. Like Parliamentary and Assembly polls, the elections to Municipal Corporations, Municipalities, District Panchayats, Gram Panchayats and other local bodies follow a distinct process.  Model Code of Conduct for Local Body Elections It’s to be noted that [...]Read more

What is the Procedure for Trust Vote in Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha
Procedure for Trust Vote in Indian Lok Sabha

It’s a fact that a democratically elected government must enjoy the confidence of Parliament or State Assembly in order to stay in power. At times, certain political equations put a question mark on the credibility of the ruling party and that’s when the party finds it obligatory to know whether it still enjoys the confidence of the House. In Lok Sabha, trust vote is generally sought during the first session with the newly elected government at the helm. This voting is considered as the ideal mechanism to understand whether a party or a coalition commands a majority [...]Read more

Elections Process in India and its Types
Types and Procedures of Elections in India

Elections form the backbone of democracy wherein people elect their political representatives and decide the composition of the government. Holding free and fair elections on a state and national level is integral to upholding the principles of democratic set up in India. From parliamentary elections to the presidential polls, India goes through the electoral process at regular intervals. Apart from the Presidential and Vice-Presidential Elections Act of 1952 and the Representation of the People Act of 1951, elections are conducted as per the provisions of the Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961. It’s interesting to note how each [...]Read more

Should Candidates Meet Educational Criteria to Contest Elections ?
Should Candidates Meet Educational Criteria to Contest Elections

It’s not uncommon to see candidates with no academic qualification contesting or even winning elections. Take the case of Delhi. At least one-third of the candidates who contested the Lok Sabha elections had educational qualification of class 12 or below and some of them were illiterate. Even during the Haryana Assembly elections, the instances of illiterate candidates given the poll ticket were too many. In Defense of No Academic Qualification Criteria Sociologists and political observers are of the opinion that making education qualification mandatory for election candidates would be discriminatory since that would naturally deprive citizens of [...]Read more

Jammu & Kashmir : Refugees and Their Right to Vote
Jammu & Kashmir Refugees and Their Right to Vote

With Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections round the corner, the demand for voting rights has again resurfaced among the refugees in the state. Most of them had migrated to the state during the wars of 1947, 1965 and 1971 from Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK). Let alone the property rights, this chunk of population doesn’t have the right to vote during the state elections and contribute towards the greater consensus when it comes to electing people’s representatives. However, these refugees have voting rights for the parliamentary elections. The Legal Complications regarding Voting Rights in J & K Those [...]Read more

How to Contest Elections as an Independent Candidate ?
How to Contest Elections as an Independent Candidate

Common citizens contesting elections and surfacing as an alternative to the established political parties is a growing phenomenon that saw its emergence in the 1980s. Since then, there has been a huge rise in the number of independent candidates who tried to fill in the void that the big political parties couldn’t. Often candidates decide to contest elections alone since they don’t find any political party aligned to their political beliefs. Eligibility Criteria for Independent Candidates to Contest Elections Whether the independent candidate wants to contest the Lok Sabha elections or the Assembly elections, he has to [...]Read more

When and Why is a State Assembly Dissolved
Dissolution of State Assembly

Although the legislative assemblies complete their normal tenure as prescribed by the Indian Constitution, yet their dissolution at an earlier date is not uncommon. Recently, The Union Cabinet approved dissolution of the Delhi Assembly on the basis of the recommendation made by the Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung. Subsequently, President Pranab Mukherjee dissolved the Delhi Assembly. There are several reasons for the dissolution of a state Assembly. Similarly, there are methods and processes to ensure that dissolution happens in a legally compliant manner. Why is Legislative Assembly Dissolved? As per the provisions of Article 356 of Indian Constitution, [...]Read more

Voters’ Awareness and its Importance
Voters’ Awareness and its Importance

In democracy, it is not simply enough to inform voters about election dates. In order to help the electorates take an informed decision, it is quintessential to sensitise them about the importance of participating in the electoral process. Moreover, voters need to be educated about the process and made aware of the political parties, their manifestos, backgrounds of the contesting candidates and armed with several other information to help them cast an ‘enlightened’ vote. Efforts of Election Commission to Create Voters’ Awareness In one of the recent efforts to motivate voters to exercise their right to vote [...]Read more

Procedure for Enrollment in Voter’s List or Electoral Roll
Procedure for Enrollment in Voter’s List or Electoral Roll

Electoral Roll, also referred as the voter’s list, is the official list of all those people in a constituency who are entitled to vote in an election. Every citizen of India above the age of 18 is required to get enrolled in the voter’s list so that he/she is able to exercise the right to vote. Besides facilitating smooth conduct of democratic processes, it also helps in preventing electoral fraud. Eligibility Criteria for Enrollment in Electoral Roll As per the Article 326 of Indian Constitution and Section 19 of the Representation of the People (R.P.) Act of [...]Read more

Role and Functions of Chief Electoral Officer
functions performed by CEO in indian states

The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) is the nodal officer who is in charge of ensuring implementation of all the provisions of electoral laws in the state. He functions under the direction and supervision of the Election Commission of India (ECI) as outlined in the Representation of the People Act, 1950 & 1951. Besides overseeing the conduct of state elections, he has other multi-faceted roles to play. Pre-Election Responsibilities of CEO From the time, the dates of the elections are announced, the CEO gets into the task of ensuring compliance of some vital activities including meeting with political [...]Read more

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