Following a Trail of Digital Breadcrumbs – Are the 2019 Elections Truly Safe?

The Neta app, which sprung up last year and allows users to rate their leaders, has some murky connections to media houses, political analysts and big businesses, raising red flags on the possible misuse of data. The front page of The Tribune on March 21, 2019, carried the following full-page advertisement: It promises people to help them “send […]

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Opposition wants paper ballot in 2019: No faith in EVMs or excuse for fear of losing to BJP?

A majority of opposition parties, including the Congress, have demanded a return to ballot paper or cross-checking of at least 30 per cent of the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs). The demand was put forth at an all-party meet convened by the Election Commission Monday to discuss electoral reforms. Critics, however, believe that the opposition is […]

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A question of election funding

Illustration by Tanmoy Chakraborty The Election Commission of Indias reported response, to a Right to Information (RTI) application, stating that political parties are not within the purview of the RTI created quite a stir. To quote the ECI: [The] requisite information is not available [with] the Commission. This is related to political parties and they […]

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