Keywords: Voters’ Turnout, Election Malpractices, Proxy Voting, Women Representation, Barriers
Abstract: Free and fair election is one of the vital features to indicate the state of democracy of any nation. It allows citizens to select their leaders to work for their welfare. The Nagas initially rejected the electoral system offered by Indian states and boycotted the 1952 and 1957 general elections due to their demand for the right to self-determination based on their distinct and unique culture and history and their indifference with the Indian independence movement. The granting of statehood on December 1, 1963, paved the way for the election process in the state. It held the first State Assembly election in January 1964. Since then, the election has been a regular feature of Nagaland politics. Nagaland's election was notable for two factors: its high voter turnout compared to other Indian states and the participation of women voters. This paper will highlight some of the reason that has led to high voter turnout and the reason for no female representation despite high female participation as voters during the election.
Article Info: Received: 29 May 2022; Received in revised form: 21 Jun 2022; Accepted: 25 Jun 2022; Available online: 30 Jun 2022
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