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Chhattisgarh Elections 2018: First phase – 70% Voter Turnout Despite Maoist Violence
Chhattisgarh Elections 2018

Chhattisgarh Elections 2018 Polling Overview – Once again voters have shown their confidence in the electoral process in Chhattisgarh state elections. One should understand the significance of 70% turnout in a Maoist affected area. It clearly means that despite the threat from Maoists, voters are making a statement. The turnout was just a slightly lower than the first phase in 2013 when 75.53 per cent of voters turned out. Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat said the attempt was made to instil a sense of fear among people. “Polling was peaceful. In comparison to earlier elections, this election […]Read more

Media Rights During Polling Day in India
Media Rights During Polling Day in India

Media houses and journalists contribute towards the participation of voters in democratic debate, particularly by guaranteeing that issues of public interest come to the fore. As guardians of democracy, journalists play a key role in guaranteeing the legitimacy and therefore the acceptance of election results, particularly in countries witnessing a transition to democracy or rising from political crisis. To carry out their task, journalists must have rights. They even have responsibilities. The right to provide information, without being pressured or threatened, brings with it the duty to provide voters with factually correct information. This is complex work, […]Read more

What are the Voting Rights for NRIs in India
What are the Voting Rights for NRIs in India

According to the provisions of Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 2010, an individual, who is a citizen of India and residing in any foreign country for the purpose of employment, education or other commitments is eligible to be a voter in the constituency where his residence in India is located. It is to be noted that NRIs who have acquired the citizenship of any other country are not eligible to be registered as voters. Application for the Enrollment of NRIs in Electoral Roll For the overseas Indians, the first step to get registered as a voter […]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

How Political Parties Manage the Election Expenditure
How Political Parties Manage the Election Expenditure

From the day a candidate’s name is announced, the ball of poll expenditure starts rolling as fighting elections is an expensive affair. Sheer display of money power has been the trademark of Indian elections. The more the merrier. It takes years of experience and skills to manage the election expenditure on the part of political parties. Rules as per the Election Commission for Election Expenditure The recent amendment to the Rule 90 of the Conduct of Election Rules has increased the upper limit of expenses as applicable to candidates for Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha (Legislative Assembly) […]Read more

Meaning of Model Code of Conduct
Model Code of Conduct - meaning

The concept of free and fair elections is enshrined in Indian Constitution. Over the years, different provisions have been incorporated in the Constitution to empower voters and provide a level playing field for the political parties. The Model Code of Conduct is one such provision aimed at ensuring peace and order before and during the elections. The Meaning of Model Code of Conduct The Model Code of Conduct is issued by the Election Commission (EC) as a set of guidelines for the political parties and candidates to follow during elections. The guidelines mainly elucidate norms pertaining to […]Read more

Election Commission of India
Election Commission of India

The Election Commission of India is a permanent body which has been vested with the responsibility of directing and controlling the entire process of conducting elections. The commission is known for upholding the principle of free and fair elections as mentioned in the Constitution. History & Development of Election Commission The Election Commission was established on 25th January 1950 with an objective of supervising all elections to the Parliament of India, state legislatures and to the office of the President and the Vice-President of India. In the first few decades of its existence, the commission was led […]Read more

Similarities and Dissimilarities Between Article 49 (O) and NOTA
Similarities and Dissimilarities Between Article 49 - O and NOTA

It goes without saying that India has seen a rise in the number of discerning voters who consider several factors before casting a vote. They have become more conscious of their rights as electorates. Of all the rights a voter is entitled to, the right to reject candidates and cast a negative vote has been most talked about. What does Article 49 (O) Imply? Under section 49 (O) of the Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961, it has been meticulously stated the procedure to be followed when a valid voter decides not to cast his vote in the […]Read more

How Political Parties Get Registered?

How is a Political Party Registered? Political parties have mushroomed at a fast pace over the last two decades and multiple reasons are attributed to this development. In fact, most of us nurture the idea of floating a new political party to propagate our set of ideologies and gain a voice on the political stage. But, a political party is not recognised officially, unless it’s registered with the Election Commission of India. In fact, the benefits availed by a registered political party, is another reason behind the formation of newer parties. This is the crucial step towards […]Read more