Settling claims of rival factions in a party symbol dispute

Synopsis: How Election Commission decides on party symbol disputes? Background Recently, there has been a split within the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and both the factions are claiming for the same party symbol. In the case of deciding the recognized party among rival factions, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has the final say. ECI… Continue reading Settling claims of rival factions in a party symbol dispute

What is an election petition? – All you need to know.

What is the news? An election petition has been filed by West Bengal Chief Minister in the Calcutta High Court. She has challenged the Assembly election result of Nandigram constituency where she had contested and lost. What is an election petition? An election petition is a procedure for inquiring into the validity of the election… Continue reading What is an election petition? – All you need to know.

Electoral Funding Lacks Transparency

Synopsis: Electoral funding of political parties lacks transparency. Over the years, many steps are taken by the government to make it a more secret affair. Introduction: In 2014, the Delhi High Court held that both main national parties (Congress and BJP) were guilty of accepting donations illegally. They both accepted donations from companies registered in India… Continue reading Electoral Funding Lacks Transparency

India needs to replace frequent elections with One nation One election

Synopsis –  India should hold simultaneous elections (One nation one election) to tackle various challenges associated with frequent elections. About One nation one election: It is the idea of synchronising the elections to the Lok Sabha and the State Assemblies. In can be achieved by restructuring the current Indian election cycle. Challenges in frequent Elections Huge… Continue reading India needs to replace frequent elections with One nation One election

RTI reveals details of “Electoral bonds” sale during the recent elections

What is the News? State Bank of India(SBI) has provided information on the sale of electoral bonds during the recent assembly elections. This was provided after a Right to Information(RTI) application was filed. Key Highlights from the Sale of Electoral Bonds: During the Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, West Bengal, Assam and Kerala polls, electoral bonds worth ₹695… Continue reading RTI reveals details of “Electoral bonds” sale during the recent elections

[Yojana Summary] One Nation One Election

During the Drafting Committee debates on Elections and Election Commission, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar pointed out two alternatives on the Election Commission. He suggested either it can be a permanent body or a temporary body that will set up before elections and wound upon completion of the elections. The major reason for this suggestion were; Elections… Continue reading [Yojana Summary] One Nation One Election

The Case of EC’s Demand for Restriction on Media

Synopsis: The Election Commission had asked the court to not let the media cover its verbal hearing. It should withdraw its request to recover some of its moral high ground. Introduction  The Election Commission of India is a constitutional body that draws its mandate to conduct free and fair elections from Article 324. It has… Continue reading The Case of EC’s Demand for Restriction on Media

Reducing Independence of the Election Commission of India – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction The Election Commission (EC’s) independence and credibility has come into question in the recent phase of state elections in Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Kerala. The Madras High Court blamed the EC. It was for proliferating the second wave of Covid-19 during the electoral process by not acting in a credible manner.… Continue reading Reducing Independence of the Election Commission of India – Explained, Pointwise

Cannot Stop Media Reports on Court Observations – Supreme Court

What is the News? The Supreme Court has said that the media cannot be stopped from reporting the oral observations made by the judges during a case. What was the case? A petition was filed by the Election Commission of India(ECI) in the Supreme Court against the oral remarks made by Madras High Court. The… Continue reading Cannot Stop Media Reports on Court Observations – Supreme Court

New Rules by ECI and Effectiveness of Multi-Phase Polling

Synopsis: New rules by the high court will help prevent a new surge after counting days. Election Commission of India also needs to reconsider the effectiveness of Multi-Phase Polling. Introduction  The Election Commission of India has banned victory celebrations after the election results are declared on May 2. ECI took the step after receiving criticism for… Continue reading New Rules by ECI and Effectiveness of Multi-Phase Polling