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How ECI intends to push voter turnout

Election managers are trying to cover all fronts to make voting as pleasant an experience as possible in the harsh summer of this large country.

Officials work on Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) on the eve of the first phase of voting for the country's general election, at a polling station in Chennai on April 18, 2024. Nearly a billion Indians will vote to elect a new government in six-week-long parliamentary polls starting on April 19, the largest democratic exercise in the world. (Photo by R.Satish BABU / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Apr 18, 2024 09:40 PM IST

Onus is on the ECI to build trust in elections

The conduct or rather misconduct in the recent Chandigarh mayor election, though outside ECI’s jurisdiction, was a jarring note.

As elections commence, one will see lakhs of government employees drawn from both central and state governments converging under the direct control of ECI.(Pics for representation)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Apr 01, 2024 10:08 PM IST

Getting the youth to engage with elections

Home to the largest youth aggregate in the world, and with half its population below 25 years, India deserves better from its youth.

The ECI has initiated a series of youth-centric campaigns to address this. (HT_PRINT)
Published on Mar 11, 2024 01:28 AM IST

In Surat’s turnaround in sanitation, a story of hope

By 2047, about half of India’s population will reside in urban areas. These areas need to be kept clean.

Outside view of the Surat Airport(Narendra Modi/X)
Published on Feb 09, 2024 10:09 PM IST

LiFE lessons for a liveable planet

The India-led mission focuses on people’s action towards environmental and climate protection and- offers a blueprint for global renewal

A mass cleanliness drive at Parliament House complex(ANI)
Published on Dec 26, 2023 10:17 PM IST

More women are voting, but not many in the House

Women may get into boardrooms and space missions, but women-led development can become a reality only when they are integrated as voters and candidates

Women voters stand in queue to cast their votes (PTI)
Published on Dec 07, 2023 10:12 PM IST

Steps to increase voter turnout in elections

A rigorous revision of the electoral rolls and remote voting that can empower millions of internal migrants are steps to increase voter turnout in elections

2024 will be a critical test with India’s electorate — which currently stands at 950 million — likely to exceed a billion (Sakib Ali/ HT Photo)
Published on Sep 11, 2023 09:59 PM IST

Can the malady of urban voter apathy be remedied?

Bengaluru’s weak electoral participation record is a reflection of a larger malady of urban apathy towards elections across the country.

Political parties will have to come up with a focused agenda for cities, so that residents get involved in electing their representatives. (HT Archive/Rpresentative Image)
Updated on May 09, 2023 08:51 PM IST

Remote voting for migrants will bolster democracy in India

Nine state elections are scheduled in 2023, giving plenty of lab space for the RVM prototype to be tested and perfected

It took decades and several phases for EVMs to get accepted, and even now, some defeated candidates find it worthwhile to raise doubts. So RVM has to walk through some fire as well. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 02, 2023 08:14 AM IST

India is paving the way for truly accessible elections

The postal ballot facility was extended to PwDs and senior citizens since 2019. This will lead to greater participation in the democratic process.

Accessibility measures suggest recognition that elections belong to the people. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 06, 2022 08:47 PM IST

India needs a united front to fix its garbage problem

Several new missions have taken off with varying degrees of success, but none match the SBM in its people connect. India’s new fight is against garbage.

The second phase of SBM Urban launched a year ago rightly lays focus on augmenting infrastructure for material recovery, recycling and waste management. (Gurpreet Singh/HT Photo)
Published on Sep 27, 2022 08:18 PM IST
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