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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

Registration of a Political Party – How is it done ?
Registration of a Political Party - How is it done

The first step towards being recognized as a political party is to get registered with the Election Commission of India. Registration is mandatory for a party, following which it can avail the provisions of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. Presently, India has over 1,600 registered political parties and 400 of them were formed within the last five years.   Application Process for registration of a political party Within thirty days of its formation the party should submit an application for registration to the Secretary to the Election Commission of India, Nirvachan Sadan, Ashoka Road, New [...]Read more

Jammu and Kashmir : Structure of the Government
Structure of Government in Jammu and Kashmir

To begin with, Jammu & Kashmir has been receiving special and differential treatment ever since Article 370 came into effect. The fact that J&K was accorded special status under the same Article leaves its governance mainly to the state-specific laws which were framed under the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir. Unlike the other states, not all the provisions of Indian Constitution are applicable to J&K. Limited Powers of Union Government Since the state doesn’t come under complete purview of the Central Government, the union legislature has very limited jurisdiction in J&K as compared to other states. According [...]Read more

Imposition of President’s Rule – How and Why ?
Imposition of President’s Rule - How and Why

Every time a state loses its ability to function as per the Constitution, it comes under the direct control of the central government, which is referred as the President’s rule. On the ground level, the responsibility of the state administration is shifted to the Governor. The President’s rule, which is also known as the state emergency, had been imposed time and again in different states for varied reasons. Maharashtra has been the latest example. When is President’s Rule Imposed? The Article 365 of the Indian Constitution clearly states that the President has the right to gauge a [...]Read more

Major Challenges Confronting India
Major Challenges Confronting India

India is grappling with some of the fundamental challenges that should be taken up on a priority basis. The basis indicators of growth are not at par with the aspirations of the common people and a genuine willingness to set things straight is still missing. The national issues that continue to hold India back from achieving its development goals have not emerged recently. From corruption to unemployment and lack of healthcare services to infrastructure gap, the problematic issues had been eating into the holistic health of the country for long. Lack of Quality Education Radical reforms in [...]Read more

Books on Indian Politics
Books on Indian Politics

Indian politics is one stimulating subject that has motivated authors to delve deep into the past, chronicle the events of yesterday and pen down the revelations based on years of research. Be it the pre-independence era or the post-colonial politics, some exceptionally well-documented and insightful books have created an enduring place in the readers’ heart. Books on Post-Independent Indian Politics Tumult, frequent change of leadership and political pandemonium pretty much sum up the first few decades of Indian independence. There are a handful of books that aptly captured the mood and the discourse of the period. “Jinnah: [...]Read more

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