India’s costliest ever elections

 Outlook’s con­servative estimate is Rs 31,950 crore—a little over $5.2 billion—ten times the Rs 3,426 crore the government spent in conducting the polls. The figure compares with the official US 2012 election spending of $7 billion, around Rs 42,000 crore. And it’s over half of the ambitious  NREGA programme—so you can get the scale! Bla­tant money power is an indicator of how big business is funding parties.

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model code of conduct during elections in India

The Model Code of Conduct for guidance of political parties and candidates is a set of norms which has been evolved with the consensus of political parties who have consented to abide by the principles embodied in the said code and also binds them to respect and observe it in its letter and spirit. Click link(title) to download PDF .

David Foster Wallace on Voting Apathy.

“If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don’t bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched Establishments, who please rest assured are not dumb, and who are keenly aware that it is in their interests to keep you disgusted and bored and to give you every possible reason to stay at home. By all means stay home if you want, but there is no such thing as not voting: You either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home.”