[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

Issues Associated with Election Commission of India

Synopsis: Recently, the Election Commission of India held a discussion. It was in the light of the many questions and doubts being raised regarding the model Code of Conduct and powers of ECI under Article 324. Background The Model code of conduct (MCC) is a set of guidelines that ECI issues. The political parties, candidates,… Continue reading Issues Associated with Election Commission of India

IEVP or International Virtual Election Visitors Programme (IVEP) 2021

What is the News? The Election Commission of India hosted the International Virtual Election Visitors Programme(IEVP) 2021. About International Virtual Election Visitors Programme (IEVP) 2021: The Election Commission of India(ECI) organized IEVP 2021. Attended by: Election Management Bodies(EMBs)/ Organisations from 26 countries and three International Organisations attended it. Focus of the programme: The programme aims… Continue reading IEVP or International Virtual Election Visitors Programme (IVEP) 2021

Supreme Court Allows Sale of “Electoral Bonds”

What is the News? The Supreme Court has refused to stay the sale of electoral bonds prior to the Assembly elections in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu. What was the case? An NGO, Association for Democratic Reforms(ADR), filed a petition. The petition demanded a stay on the sale of the Electoral bonds scheduled between April… Continue reading Supreme Court Allows Sale of “Electoral Bonds”

Why Electoral Bond Scheme should be declared unconstitutional?

Synopsis: The electoral bonds scheme violates the core principles of the Indian Constitution. It must be declared unconstitutional by the courts. Background The Electoral Bond Scheme was notified by the Government of India in 2018. For the last three years, electoral bonds have been the dominant method of political party funding in India. It allows… Continue reading Why Electoral Bond Scheme should be declared unconstitutional?

“Postal ballot” extended to certain people in Tamil Nadu

What is the News? For the first time in India, the Election Commission of India has allowed the casting of postal votes for a certain section of Peoples. In the upcoming Tamil Nadu assembly elections, the ECI allowed elderly voters aged over 80, the differently-abled, and persons tested positive for COVID-19 to cast a vote… Continue reading “Postal ballot” extended to certain people in Tamil Nadu