DJ Showcase (Scroll.in-25 May 2014)

NOTA may have affected outcome in 19 constituencies

This is a simple but very effective example of data journalism, in the new Indian news site, scroll.in.

In a story,  NOTA may have affected outcome in 19 constituencies, the site has analyzed the voting data in the General Elections 2014 to come up with a list of 19 constituencies across India where the results may have been affected by NOTA (None of the above) choices introduced for the first time in this General Elections.

The authors Santosh Sunderesan and Nikita Saxena have analyzed the data to come with interesting insights, such as

  • most of these are rural constituencies
  • all of these are reserved constituencies
  • they all, with one exception,  recorded high voter turnout.

Since many of these are also the Naxalite hit areas, the question to ask is: if the ultra left militants had a role to play in this high NOTA preference?

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