Topic: Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
4) With India going to witness biggest election in world history with total electorate being more than the population of every continent, Discuss the issues and challenges faced by Election commission in conducting elections of such magnitude with special emphasis on role of social media.(250 words)
Why this question:
The question is in the context of Elections as an essential democratic exercise; with India about to witness the world’s largest elections, It is thus essential to know about the major issues surrounding such a large democratic exercise in the world.
Key demand of the question:
The answer must provide for a detailed analysis of the upcoming elections of 2019 in terms of the quantum, size, associated challenges that need to be addressed and a special focus needs to be made upon the social media and its role in elections.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
Explain briefly the importance of elections in India, provide for specific facts indicating the magnitude of elections this time .
- various issues plaguing the electoral process in India.
- Role of election commission
- Impact of social media – a medium for political campaign and also as a medium of voter’s education; discuss the conundrum.
- Reforms required.
Conclude with importance of elections in Democracy, and emphasize specially on role of Election commission in conducting free and fair elections on such a scale.