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Election Commission of India and 2019 Lok Sabha polls
May 21, 2019

Election Commission of India and 2019 Lok Sabha polls

If people’s faith in electoral process is shaken or eroded then it will have dangerous consequences for the democratic system and polity.

Election Commission under public scrutiny?
Mar 14, 2019

Election Commission under public scrutiny?

Given that the general election is a humongous exercise, responsibility and burden on the ECI both in logistical as well as moral terms, is unparallel

Need to define the role of Election Commission
May 27, 2011

Need to define the role of Election Commission

Elections-2011 was noted for the way the Election Commission attempted to check the use, misuse and abuse of money-power and political power. It may not have succeeded fully, but there was no denying the presence of the Commission in every nook and corner of the poll-bound States.

Safeguarding democracy: The Election Commission of India @75
Aug 15, 2022

Safeguarding democracy: The Election Commission of India @75

While the Constitution provides the ECI with a sturdy framework within which to operate, this same edifice has become a handicap to the organisation a

A strange duality casts a shadow over elections
May 07, 2019

A strange duality casts a shadow over elections

Despite one-fourth of people living away from where they were born, no arrangements exist for domestic work migrants to vote from where they work. But enthusiasm abounds for facilitating NRIs to do so.

Administrators in municipal corporations: What does it mean?
Apr 19, 2022

Administrators in municipal corporations: What does it mean?

Since the OBC reservation in municipalities in Maharashtra has not been implemented, the municipal elections have been stalled.

Afghanistan: Challenges for the National Unity Govt
Aug 30, 2014

Afghanistan: Challenges for the National Unity Govt

Amidst claims by the Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) that the auditing process is in its final stages, there was hope that the presidential elections will be concluded sooner rather than later.

Are election duties compromising border security?
Jan 10, 2022

Are election duties compromising border security?

The large deployment of border security forces for elections could jeopardise national security

Bhutan: Where from here, 'all the king's men' ?
Nov 16, 2012

Bhutan: Where from here, 'all the king's men' ?

'Election fever' has descended on the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, but it is not inspired by the political class and the masses but by the State. The notification of the Election Commission on limiting the role of religion.

Building on friendships and solidarity: How the gender gap in voting was closed
Apr 20, 2024

Building on friendships and solidarity: How the gender gap in voting was closed

The trend of women's mass involvement in electoral politics in India indicates their readiness to narrow the significant gap in political participatio

Case for an all-India Election Service
May 18, 2005

Case for an all-India Election Service

By not backing the political demand of the RJD ally for the exit of then Election Commissioners, B B Tandon and N Gopalswamy, the Centre and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have silenced avoidable criticism of the constitutional body entrusted with the task of ensuring common man¿s continued faith in parliamentary democracy.

Cloud of doubt shadows EC
Oct 27, 2017

Cloud of doubt shadows EC

The Gujarat poll date controversy demands urgent reforms to the Model Code of Conduct

EC undermined due to weak institutions
May 14, 2019

EC undermined due to weak institutions

The EC is a child of political happenstance and jugaad, not thoughtful institutional strategy.

Electronic-voting: 'Paper-trail' can do more harm than good
Jul 18, 2013

Electronic-voting: 'Paper-trail' can do more harm than good

Election Commission's reported decision to implant a 'verification mechanism' in the electronic-voting machines to be deployed in the four-State Assembly polls could have anything but the intended consequences.

India: Challenges in conducting elections during Covid-19
Oct 14, 2020

India: Challenges in conducting elections during Covid-19

Elections in a demographically large democracy like India demands vibrant — at times chaotic — political interaction, and mass mobilisation on a l

Legitimising a two-party system?
Oct 31, 2011

Legitimising a two-party system?

The Election Commission's proposal for fixing eight per cent vote-share in Lok Sabha polls as the lower-limit for conferring the status of 'National Parties' is fraught with consequences that go beyond the constitutional mandate.

Maldives gearing up for presidential polls in September
Jul 15, 2013

Maldives gearing up for presidential polls in September

With the Election Commission formally notifying the presidential polls for September 7, Maldives is gearing up to prove to itself and the rest of the world that democracy is very much at work in the Indian Ocean archipelago.

Maldives: 'Institutions' crying for reforms faster than expected?
Feb 15, 2014

Maldives: 'Institutions' crying for reforms faster than expected?

With Maldive's Supreme Court serving 'contempt of court' notice on Election Commission members, a case is now getting increasingly made out for a review of the rights, powers and responsibilities of 'independent institutions'.

Maldives: EC crisis ends, polls as scheduled
Mar 15, 2014

Maldives: EC crisis ends, polls as scheduled

After managing well the crisis over the Election Commission in Maldives, the government now will have to initiate legal and political measures to institutionalise facilitating mechanisms for smooth transition. Again, the initiative would lie with President Yameen.

Maldives: Presidential poll poised for 'photo-finish'?
Sep 18, 2013

Maldives: Presidential poll poised for 'photo-finish'?

It is anybody's guess why Maldives' Election Commission did not choose to move the Supreme Court, particularly when legal cases of the current nature has the potential to reset the poll-clock, for which there is no provision in the Constitution.

Maldives: Will court-ordered re-poll bring out clear victor?
Oct 18, 2013

Maldives: Will court-ordered re-poll bring out clear victor?

With Maldives' Election Commission setting in motion the process for holding the first round of Supreme Court-ordered re-poll for the nation's presidency, political parties and voters alike are gearing up for a repeat performance of sorts, twice in as many months.

Obstacles ahead of Afghan presidential polls
Nov 09, 2012

Obstacles ahead of Afghan presidential polls

The Afghan Election Commission has set the next presidential elections for April 5, 2014. This move has been welcomed in the country as well as by the international community as a positive development.

Six headwinds Modi will face in Season 2
May 27, 2019

Six headwinds Modi will face in Season 2

In a constantly-evolving discourse and a politically and economically disruptive world, new ideas will demand a greater control over Modi’s actions.

South Asia South Asia Weekly 26
Jun 30, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 26

Chief Election Commissioner of Bangladesh, Dr. ATM Shamsul Huda, on June 30th announced that the national parliamentary election would be held in the third week of December this year.

South Asia South Asia Weekly 37
Sep 15, 2008

South Asia South Asia Weekly 37

The Election Commission finalized October 8 as the polling day for the first-ever multiparty elections in Maldives. The decision followed the Majlis passing two crucial Bills, which have been hanging fire for quite some, preventing the holding of the elections.

Supporting democracy in neighbourhood in India’s strategic interest: Expert
Jun 15, 2019

Supporting democracy in neighbourhood in India’s strategic interest: Expert

The best way for India to promote democracy is through best practices.

Taking election reforms forward — and seemingly, too
May 20, 2019

Taking election reforms forward — and seemingly, too

With the current poll processes expected to come to a close long before the month-end, the Election Commission may need to address the two questions t

The agony and irony of Imran Khan’s disqualification
Oct 22, 2022

The agony and irony of Imran Khan’s disqualification

Election Commission of Pakistan’s disqualification of highly popular former Prime Minister Imran Khan will have far-reaching consequences for the co

Why Indian democracy is underrated
Apr 26, 2019

Why Indian democracy is underrated

Despite having many dysfunctional bureaucratic institutions, no one has questioned the legitimacy of the Election Commission in holding free and fair

क्या चुनावी ड्यूटी के चलते सीमा की सुरक्षा से समझौता हो रहा है?
Jul 29, 2023

क्या चुनावी ड्यूटी के चलते सीमा की सुरक्षा से समझौता हो रहा है?

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