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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Distortions of Democracy: Money power unleashed to win polls

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

The inducement of ‘money for votes’ is an age old phenomenon but it was earlier confined to some economically weaker sections. Today, it is an all pervasive phenomenon as parties and candidates are vying with each other and upping stakes to win elections through unfair means of bribing voters. [...]

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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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