Indian general elections are starting tomorrow. The scale of this democratic process is telling – Around 80 Crore (800 million) voters, 10 Lakh (1 million) polling stations, 1 Crore (10 million) poll officials. People will vote to choose representatives to 543 parliamentary seats with elections spread across 9 polling days stretching more than a month.
But the scale tells only one part of the story. The complexity and Indian context makes Indian elections so fascinating. Hundreds of parties and thousands of candidates will try to woo voters. Though it’s a national election voters will vote based on local, state and national issues. The parties also need to consider the hundreds of caste groups of India, since most castes have collective party preference. Then there is language barrier. With most states speaking their own language, national leaders cannot communicate directly with majority of population, and for same reason regional parties find it difficult to spread beyond their strongholds.
Indian democracy is First past the post system i.e. each seat is won by the candidate who secures highest votes (candidate can get less than 50% votes to win). But the government should have 50% seats to get the majority. With hundreds of parties in the fray, coalition governments are norm in India. The incumbent coalition is UPA (United Progressive Alliance) led by principle party Indian National Congress (NC). The principle opposition is NDA (National Democratic Alliance) led by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In last two decades between them the two main parties have managed to get at least 50% seats.
Another hallmark of Indian Elections is use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM). The use of EVMs has dramatically reduced and brought to near zero invalid votes, ballot stuffing and counting errors. Though there have been multiple attempts to prove EVM rigging, the confidence in the tamper proof of the EVMs is nearly 100% with the Indian electorate.
Finally, big shout out to Election Commission of India, which has consistently has raised the bar and has set global benchmarks in conducting free and fair elections.
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No spouse would appreciate being told that his or her presence at home was being "tolerated." No self-respecting worker accepts mere tolerance from colleagues. We tolerate those we consider inferior. In religious circles, tolerance, at best, is what the pious extend toward people they regard as heathens, idol worshippers or infidels. It is time we did away with tolerance and replaced it with "mutual respect."
India should be mecca of psephology for the sheer complexity of electoral math that India poses. With multi-party system, number of castes and sub-castes, state Vs National elections, alliances etc, India gives opportunity for cutting edge research in the areas of psephology, which probably no other country can offer.
Till a few years ago opinion polls had very poor credibility owing to their high margin of error. But now-a-days things have improved, but still needs exponential improvement considering the complexity of the problem.
Dr. Praveen Patil is doing just that. Not only he is developing his own techniques to find solutions to India's unique psephological problems, but also has taken the initiative to open source the studies by putting raw data in public domain.
Kudos to Dr. Praveen Patil.
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Despite security threats, despite the Chief Election Commission Office itself being attacked, Afgans are going out and voting to democratically elect their next president.
Kudos to Afgan citizens, polling officials, independent observers and security forces
You have done us proud.People who never fought for Freedom and Democracy would never understand.The Americans fought Slavery and the South Africans fought for freedom due to an racist goverment.So we've been there and done that.Fighting for Freedom and Democracy has nothing to do with the interest of oil ect.
So people of Afghanistan I'm proud of you.A big thank you to the US Military as well.This news brought tears in my eyes cause it reminded me of our struggle.At the end of it all we never hated our oppressors or planted bombs.Mandela is a great example.He had dinner with his enemy.
British artist and designer Benjamin Shine has come up with a simple and elegant improvement re-design for the common candle holder that allows candles to last at least twice as long.
It was time to buy a new phone when I dropped my 3 year old Moto Atrix and shattered its glass. I started my hunt with clear preference against Samsung. Wanted to give other brands a serious try.
But finally ended up buying Samsung Galaxy S3. It hit all the important points - large screen, gorilla glass, 1 GB Ram, FM radio, Micro SD card, price... No wonder its the best selling phone.
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