Title: NOT HALF-DONE
Issue: Violation of Model Code of Conduct and action by ECI
Syllabus: General Studies-II - Indian Polity and Constitution - Elections, Representation of Peoples Act
There is trend of high enthusiasm and participation of voters in the first phase of General Elections 2019
EC has taken measures against malpractices and seizure of cash, liquor and other items meant to influence voters.
Ban the release of biopic on Prime Minister and stop the broadcast of political content on TV channels.
Doubts about integrity of EVMs have been addressed with 100% VVPAT.
Following Supreme Court direction, increased the VVPAT random counting rate from one machine to five per assembly segment.
Model Code Violations
Seemingly biased moves by central agencies like Income Tax authorities targeting only Opposition leaders is a possible misuse of office by the ruling party.
PMs appeal to voters in the name of soldiers was unfortunate as the EC failed to take prompt action.
EC must respond to MCC violations and the government should act fairly.
Take home points
In order to conduct free and fair elections in world’s largest democracy, EC should reassure voters that the election process is not vitiated by partisanship.
|#||Previous UPSC Question||Marks||Year|
|1||In the light of recent controversy regarding the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM), what are the challenges before the Election Commission of India to ensure the trustworthiness of elections in India? (10)||2018|
|2||To enhance the quality of democracy in India the Election Commission of India has proposed electoral reforms in 2016. What are the suggested reforms and how far are they significant to make democracy successful? (250 words)||2017|
|3||Examine the impact of Regional Political Parties in Indian politics. (150 words) 15 marks.||2008|
|4||what are the Main determination of voting behavior in India? (250 words)||2007|
|5||Identify the major electoral reforms which are necessary in the Indian Political System. (150 words)||2000|
|6||Is it correct to describe the party system in India as One party Dominant system ?give reasons for your answer.||1985|
|7||Why was it considered necessary to pass the anti-defection bill ? In what ways is it likely to improve the political health of the country?||1984|
|8||Despite all talk of an effective opposition why has it not been possible to develop an effective opposition in India? Enumerate the principle impediments to the achievements if the much desired political objective||1983|
|9||The Phenomenon of Political defection in India assumed large proportions in recent years. Bring out the factor responsible for the growth of this phenomenon. Is it right to say than ban on defection will amount to suppression of thought and action? 45||1981|
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