Following the Indian campaign

The first of several phases of the 2019 Indian general election is underway. I just found a really neat feature at the Times of India that gives summary of the two major party leaders’ activities each day.

Also, on India:

“180 turmeric farmers refused to withdraw their candidature from Nizamabad on the last day of nomination… no choice but use ballot papers” instead of electronic machines.

That’s a lot of candidates, and also a pretty expensive protest (apparently around $400 per nomination), as well as a headache for election administrators.

5 thoughts on “Following the Indian campaign

    • Makes the NSW Upper House look like the Eastern Bloc!
      Having said that, with FPTP, 1033 candidates = 1033 separate squares (or equivalent) on the ballot paper. I’m sure there have been elections under closed party lists with similarly numbers of candidates, but only one or two dozen separate options (ie, lists) for voters to choose among. In Israel or Cambodia, for example, you’d need only 25 or 26 different parties running 40 or 41 candidates each – both variables entirely plausible with nationwide PR – to exceed Modakurichi 1996.
      (the beauty of the former NSW system is that instead of listing only the 1033 individuals or the 26 party groups on the ballot-paper, it would have listed both, ie a total of 1059…)

    • Yes, I have worked with Indian district-level data, with one row per candidate. Now and then I’ll come across a district with so many candidates that it seems it has to be a mistake. It really messes up calculations like average number of candidates per district.

  1. This is fascinating, the farmers are trying to intentionally clog election administration as a threat to the local dominant party? In an effort to get concessions from a party?

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