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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

Cantonment Board Elections in India
Cantonment Board Elections in India

All civic bodies have clearly demarcated areas for administration and their own respective geographical areas under them. Similarly, there is certain geographical region – mostly having military institutions, referred to as cantonment area – where private properties are also situated – which is administered by a separate body called Cantonment Board, which is under the control of Ministry of Defence. For this Board, representatives are elected from among the residents of the cantonment area. Cantonments were originally quarters assigned for lodging troops, a permanent military station created by the British Government in India for the location of military [...]Read more

Procedure of Filing Nomination for Election
Procedure of Filing Nomination for Election

Election in India is the largest exercise of its kind in the democratic world. In the election process, the filing of nomination papers by candidates is a very important task. Under Section 14/15 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, the filing of nomination starts on the date of notification by the President/Governor. The Returning Officer (RO) issues public notice of election (under Section 31) in Form -1 (appended to CE Rules, 61). The public notice has to be under the signature of the RO only as no other authority can issue this public notice. Who [...]Read more

Civic Body Elections Process
Civic Body Elections in india

In India, the Lok Sabha and the state Assembly polls are considered the festivals of democracy. But elections to the civic bodies too carry considerable significance for the political parties and the electorate. The concept of local self-government that was proposed in the late 19thcentury by the then Viceroy of India, Lord Ripon, is still in force in India. That’s manifested in the form of municipal governance. The local government in every state is democratically elected and it comes under the purview of the state or the provincial government. The Constitution has vested in state governments the [...]Read more

Assembly Elections and Government Formation
Assembly Elections and Government Formation

It’s not just the rise of regional parties that has accentuated the importance of Assembly elections. The rise of regional aspirations and a divide between national and regional goals have long started to decide the fate of a political entity. While Lok Sabha elections give us the macro-level view of where each party stands, the Assembly elections provide us a micro-level understanding of which political parties are garnering maximum support. Assembly Elections: A decisive factor for Lok Sabha Elections From national parties such as Congress and BJP to single-state and multi-state parties, Assembly elections keep every political [...]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

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

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

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

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