News By/Courtesy: G Kusuma | 20 Feb 2021 13:48pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The first-ever elections in our country were held on October 25th, 1951
  • about 170 million people were eligible to vote which makes this election also one of the largest
  • The total number of parties for the first election was 53

The first-ever elections in our country were held on October 25th, 1951 though the election commission was formed in the year 1950, these elections continued till February 21st, 1952. The Indian National Congress stood victorious in this election and Jawaharlal Nehru being the First Indian Prime Minister. The election was properly conducted as per the Indian Constitution and about 170 million people were eligible to vote which makes this election also one of the largest, as all above the age group of 21 years were allowed to vote. There were very drastic conditions during these elections and hence they were held in phases which were about 68, there were 1, 98,000 polling booths, and a fraction of them were reserved especially for women. When people reported for voting they were directed to booths of the color that they were allotted, almost 3, 00,000 paper reams were utilized to print the rolls for conducting elections. The total number of parties for the first election was 53 to name a few there were the Republican Party, Jana Sangh, Socialist Party, Communist Party of India, and others, apart from which independent candidates also contested for election. The elections proved out to be successful and it was a very important step for future India as till the leaders were elected India was ruled by an Interim Legislature and it would also be for the first time that we would run as an independently established country. The election was quite more than impossible-looking into the size of the country and involving the whole of the population together, when a draft of the electoral rolls was made there was also a major discrepancy of names of women not being recorded due to which these rolls also had to be revised, while there were many officers working at the higher level there were also a lot of clerks appointed to undertake the laborious task of elections. The size was not only the problem but also there were other issues such as poverty, lack of literacy and drawing and marking constituencies, in spite of these major problems the country was triumphant in holding elections and the date marks a very important event in history. The results of the election were substantially in favor of INC, it received about 45 per cent of votes of the total voting was 45.7. A trial or mock election was also held to make people familiar with it and hence most of the people in India actually voted in 1952 though the lections commenced in 1951. The members who won the elections were Jawaharlal Nehru, Gulzari Lal Nanda, Lal Bahadur Shastri, and others. 

 

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Section Editor: 5thVoice.News | 20 Feb 2021 19:03pm IST


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