Social Media and Changing Nature of Election Expenditure

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Today’s innovation becomes the norm for tomorrow. This can be rightly said about the social media’s role in election campaigning in India.  During the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, political parties were exploring this medium for their campaign to influence ‘online’ voters through the virtual mass media.  However, by the time for Lok Sabha 2019 election […]

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Govt policy on funding political parties bad news for democracy

The government decided to issue electoral bonds as a money bill. This was unconstitutional because electoral bonds are not covered by the definition of ‘money bill’ in the Constitution. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the sole authority to issue currency under Section 31 of the RBI Act, was approached four days before the announcement […]

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Democracy cannot be used to derive private benefit at public cost

The ensuing December 5 bypolls to 15 Assembly constituencies in Karnataka are the result of defections from the then ruling coalition. The government fell, the Supreme Court was approached, and now we have 165 candidates contesting these elections. The court upheld their disqualification (of the rebels), but said they were eligible to contest again. Engineering […]

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How candidates and political parties are using social media for electoral campaigning?

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The idea of social media as a force-multiplier in politics has gained virality in our minds, especially in last four years. According to Datareportal’s Digital 2019: India report, 1 out of total population of 1.361 billion, around 41% i.e. 560 million Indians are active users of internet and total no. of active social media users […]

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Crime and Money in Electoral Politics: How can this trend be reversed?

Systemic corruption and sponsored criminalization have corroded the fundamental core of elective democracy and consequently, the constitutional governance. On one hand there is a free flow of unaccounted money at the disposal of political parties during elections and on the other hand, criminal elements have been playing a major role in the electoral process in […]

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Why Political Parties and Voters Continue to Choose Candidates with Muscle and Money Power?

India is famed for being the world’s largest democracy. In light of increasing number of voters during each election phase – nearly 9 million voters for the recent one in 2019 – the entire process of ensuring free and fair elections, which is an integral part of democracy, becomes much more crucial. However, as per […]

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Know your candidate: 15% Karnataka poll hopefuls face criminal charges

The Karnataka state polls are scheduled for May 12. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. By Anil Verma With only a few days remaining before the Karnataka state polls scheduled for May 12, the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) analysed the affidavits of about 96% of the candidates. The study revealed some shocking facts about gender disparity, as well as the […]

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