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India Elects 2014: A tell-all book on Indian elections

Aug 26, 2014

This is a comprehensive election-related fact-book laced with riveting highlights and insights into the General Elections- 2014.

India Elects 2014

New Delhi: India’s premier portal, disseminating election-related insights and analysis, ElectionsinIndia.com, today released its book titled, ‘India Elects 2014 – A Comparative Analysis of General Elections Results of India: 2009-2014’, in New Delhi. The book was unveiled by Dr S Y Quraishi, the former Chief Election Commissioner of India.

‘India elects- 2014’ carries a Foreword by renowned psephologist Dr Prannoy Roy, mentioning that India has the world’s most advanced electronic voting system. The Preface by Dr R K Thukral, Director, Datanet India, mentions that more than 140 visitors from 30-plus countries had first-hand exposure to an excellent electoral system that could serve as a model for many countries to follow.

Revealing some highlights of the book, Dr R K Thukral, said, “The book makes a comparative analysis of India’s General Elections of 2009 and 2014 with the help of 205 maps, more than 235 graphs and numerous statistics to reveal interesting highlights and insights”.

Thukral said that India’s electorate is larger than the combined populations of the US and Western Europe. “The largest constituency, by geographical area, Ladakh, has more landmass than many sovereign nations such as Bangladesh, Nepal and North Korea. For the first time, Indian voters had the option to reject all candidates using the NOTA (None of the Above) button.”

The newly-introduced gender category of “Others” constitute 28,314 (0.0035%) of total electors.

Ramcharan Bohara in Jaipur, Rajasthan won maximum 863,358 votes in 2014, compared to 832,224 by CM Chang in Nagaland in 2009. In 2014, minimum votes, 105, were secured by S Veeramani in Chennai South, Tamil Nadu compared to 118 by Raja LD in Chennai South, Tamil Nadu in 2009. Six million voters (1.1%) chose NOTA, a higher vote share than parties such as CPI and JD(U).

Replete with in-depth data, the book analyses the results of the General Elections held across India between April 7 and May 12, 2014 –the longest elections in India’s history and the world’s biggest voting event with more than 814 million voters compared to 193.6 million in the US and 45.5 million in the UK.

Speaking at the book launch, Datanet India Director, Madan Bahal, said ElectionsinIndia.com has offered summary results of all parliamentary and assembly constituencies in India via its portal along with the geospatial analysis of election results at the town, village and booth level with the help of GIS maps.

“ElectionsinIndia.com and 720 other websites disseminating data about India, its sectors, regions, states and districts are owned by Datanet India. This vast ownership facilitates faster data collation, giving Datanet India an unprecedented edge in electoral insights and analysis, which the present results clearly indicate,” Bahal said.

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