Counting the days, instead

It was all over in a jiffy. And now the climactic wait for the result. This election was a watershed of sorts just on one count alone: Schedule. While polls were due only in mid-May, the EC advanced them by a month through its notification in early March, giving the parties and people just over a month to decide their own fates, besides being harsh on itself. To its credit, the process, a gamble as well as a challenge of sorts, went through in a flash with nary a hitch, though it wasn’t easy all the way. Continue Reading

Verdict and versions

Fallen psephologists may be proof that pre-poll surveys and exit polls are slippery terrain. But even more risky is the interpretation of a mandate. Yet that is the analysis that really matters, if one is keen on understanding the mechanics of the voters mind as also the driving forces behind the most important show in our democratic theatre, namely, elections. Continue Reading