CEC Quraishi the consensus candidate for President?

Posted on May 10, 2012 by G.V.L. Narasimha Rao, under Elections

THERE IS INTENSE speculation about the choice of the country’s next President. Two names have been mentioned prominently as the possible nominees of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) for the office of President: Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari. [...]

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SP frontrunner in UP poll battle, BSP in struggle for 2nd place

Posted on February 07, 2012 by G.V.L. Narasimha Rao, under Elections

AS THE BATTLE for Uttar Pradesh enters the final stages with the first phase of election beginning on February 8, there is much confusion as to who will win or lead the race. There are (opinion) polls and polls but there is little clarity as to the nature of the outcome and what factors are contributing to this outcome. [...]

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With a fractured mandate, Uttar Pradesh is voting for President's Rule

Posted on January 10, 2012 by G.V.L. Narasimha Rao, under Elections

After five years of a stable government under Mayawati, ensuing elections to Uttar Pradesh assembly are likely to throw up a highly fractured mandate with no party or pre-poll alliance expected to garner a legislative majority in the 403-member assembly. [...]

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Trust gone, UPA's defeat in next poll is inevitable

Posted on June 18, 2011 by G.V.L. Narasimha Rao, under Elections

In the life cycle of elected governments, a time comes when the public support decisively swings from one of enjoying inherent trust to one in which people have lost implicit trust. [...]

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Negative voting is a negative idea

Posted on February 04, 2012 by G.V.L. Narasimha Rao, under Elections

Negative voting refers to rejecting all the candidates in an election instead of choosing any of the contesting candidates. If the number of negative votes is higher than that secured by any contesting candidate or is beyond a prescribed level, a fresh election shall be conducted and that too with the earlier candidates not being allowed to contest again. [...]

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Verdict 2011: Southern discomfort for the Congress

Posted on June 03, 2011 by G.V.L. Narasimha Rao, under Elections

The outcome of the 2011 elections will largely be interpreted as a decisive vote against the corruption and family rule of the DMK, a vote for change in West Bengal, but overall a reprieve for the scam struck Congress party which has retained Assam and wrested Kerala from the Left Democratic Front. A major insight that might however be missed is the signal from the present round of elections that the Congress party is headed for major reverses in the electorally crucial southern states that had given a rich harvest of seats for the Congress party and its allies in the 2004 and 2009 Lok Sabha elections. [...]

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Can Money & Machines influence the Tamil Nadu election outcome?

Posted on May 09, 2011 by G.V.L. Narasimha Rao, under Elections

Tamil Nadu elections have been confounding pollsters of late. In 2006 assembly elections, most pollsters predicted that Jayalalithaa led AIADMK would get another term in office. Similarly, in 2009 polls, the DMK-Congress combine swept polls surprising poll observers. The reasons for the confounding poll outcome weren’t psephological. They are the result of widespread occurrence of poll malpractices. [...]

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Why it is necessary to make ‘Paper Trail’ work for India’s EVMs?

Posted on August 20, 2011 by G.V.L. Narasimha Rao, under Elections

"Simply put, the church members had the right to be where they were," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote on behalf of the majority. "Westboro alerted local authorities to its funeral protest and fully complied with police guidance on where the picketing could be staged. The picketing was conducted under police supervision some 1,000 feet from the church, out of the sight of those at the church. The protest was not unruly; there was no shouting, profanity, or violence." [...]

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