Has the Election Commission of India been able to curb election malpractices in Nagaland?

Has the Election Commission of India been able to curb election malpractices in Nagaland?

Some of those who voted YES had this to say:

• Yes, I think to some extent election malpractices have been curbed.

• Not entirely but yes the process has started and we see a sharp decline.

• Yes. The blatant abuse of power has reduced to a degree. We should not expect overnight changes but we now see the election commission offices becoming more active in educating the people.


Some of those who voted NO had this to say:
• No, not at all. To curb election malpractices a lot of grassroots education and mobilization is required. Just getting a bunch of people to hold some posters and flashing it all around town will not help at all. The Election Commission needs to change it strategy.

• If they could have, they would have done it in other states too.

• No. If the Election Commission is really serious about curbing electoral malpractices some radical steps should be taken. They should have their own personnel instead of depending on the administration for executing the electoral process. In places like Nagaland a lot of the administration officers have political patronage especially for transfer and posting. So we cannot expect all the officers to be acting impartially. This is the sad situation of our state.

• No. If the people are corrupt, no amount of regulation can curb the malpractice in our place.


Some of those who voted OTHERS had this to say:

• ECI alone cannot be responsible for the curbing of electoral malpractices. It needs the people and government agencies as well.

• What about other states? Money, alcohol, meat curry, poori bhaji for votes. At least once in five years everybody gets to eat and drink (I am being sarcastic).