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Delimitation: North-east Illegal

Delimitation: North-east Illegal GS-PAPER-2 Governance – Elections Delimitation Delimitation is the act of redrawing boundaries of Lok Sabha and Assembly constituencies to represent changes in population and is done on the basis of the preceding Census. Need: To provide equal representation to equal segments of a population. A fair division of geographical areas so that one political party does not have an advantage over others in an election. To f

Comparison of Election Commission of India and USA

Turning the spotlight on America’s election custodian Context This article makes a comparison between Indian and US election commissions. There has not been even a single order or intervention passed by the Federal Election Commission of the United States of America. In India, our constitutional fathers had debated in the Constituent Assembly itself the necessity of imbuing the ECI with enormous power. By virtue of being the custodian of the electoral roll, all matters rel

Myths and the reality of election forecasts

Myths and the reality of election forecasts By, Atanu Biswas is Professor of Statistics at the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata Global examples of mismatch of results from the exit polls Take the example of the Venezuelan recall referendum of 2004 to determine whether Hugo Chávez, then President, should be recalled from office. A huge discrepancy with the exit poll created a massive uproar worldwide. The “Orange Revolution” in Ukraine during late November 20

Electoral Reforms: Remote voting project, e-EPIC

Electoral Reforms: Remote voting project, e-EPIC 25th January is the National Voters Day. On this occasion Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said that the trials of the Election Commission’s remote voting project would be carried out soon. “We have already started a research project on remote voting using cutting-edge technology with IIT-Chennai and other leading institutions and it has made good progress. Mock trials of this project will begin soon,” he said.

Electoral Reforms in India: No Postal ballots for NRIs in Assembly Elections

Electoral Reforms in India: No Postal ballots for NRIs in Assembly Elections Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) will have to wait longer to be able to vote by postal ballots, as Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said that the facility would not be extended to them for the upcoming elections to the Assam, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala and West Bengal Assemblies. The Election Commission of India (ECI) had written to the Law Ministry on November 27 last year with the proposal of extending p

SC Hearing Issue of Electoral Bonds

The Supreme Court agrees to hear a plea to stay the fresh sale of Electoral Bonds. The hearing of the case is set before the upcoming state assembly elections. What are Electoral Bonds? Electoral Bonds are interest-free bearer financial instruments for making donations to political parties. They were introduced by the Government of India by the Finance Bill, 2017. The bonds are issued in multiples of Rs. 1,000, Rs. 10,000, Rs. 1 lakh, Rs. 10 lakh and Rs. 1 crore without any maximum

Why should the electoral bonds scheme go?

Why should the electoral bonds scheme go? Introduction For the last three years, electoral bonds have been the dominant method of political party funding in India. In their design and operation, they allow for limitless and anonymous corporate donations to political parties. For this reason, they are deeply destructive of democracy, and violate core principles of the Indian Constitution. A blow against democracy No right to know: And there is no piece of information more

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