• Voting behaviour is a form of electoral behavior. Understanding voters’ behavior can explain how and why decisions were made either by public decision-makers, which has been a central concern for political scientists, or by the electorate.
  • Behaviour of voters in the context of elections in a democratic political system

Significance of Voting Behaviour

  • comprehending the process of political socialization
  • examining the internalisation of democracy as a value among the elite as well as masses
  • emphasises the real impact of revolutionary ballot box Voting Behaviour
  • enables to throw light as to how far the electoral politics continue or break with the past
  • helps to measure whether it is modern or primordial in the context of political development
  • direct relation of the individual citizens to the formal government
  • Instancing an act of decision-making
  • mode of legitimising democratic rule
  • Instancing “participation” in the political process involving integration into the political community
  • role-action involving definite political orientation imbedded in a particular type of political culture

Determinants of Voting Behaviour

  • Caste-Religion-Language-Region-Personality-Money-Performance of the Ruling Party-Party Identification-Ideology

Role of Media

  • Information Dissemination
  • Enforcement of MCC and other Laws
  • Compliance to Election Laws
    • Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951
    • Section 126A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951
    • Section 127A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951
    • Section 171H of the Indian Penal Code
  • Voter Education and Participation
  • Responsibility of Government Media

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