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Niti Digital Launches Elections Database: IndiaVotes; Needs More Data

(by Apurva Chaudhary and Nikhil Pahwa) Rajesh Jain backed online media company Niti Digital has launched an elections data site called Indiavotes.com. Indiavotes has data on Lok Sabha (parliamentary) elections since 1952 and all state elections since 1977, while it is, at present collecting and processing elections related information, the plan is for IndiaVotes to, in the future, also allow voters to add information on issues affecting their constituency. Niti Digital also runs a right-of-center online publication called Niti Central. The timing of the launch of IndiaVotes is worth noting: it's been launched just before the Gujarat Elections take place. The choice of name for the website - Indiavotes.com - is also an interesting one, particularly since the last Lok Sabha elections, IndiaVotes was a popular hashtag on Twitter. On The Portal & Data Users can directly search for data from Lok Sabha elections or state elections by submitting year, state and the constituency name. Apart from that, users can also look up for candidates name for the parliamentary constituency (PC) and assembly constituency (AC). The search results are categorized based on PC/AC name, type, state, winning candidate, party, electors, voters, turnout percentage, margin percentage. The data is interconnected - you can view information on constituencies over the years, performance of various political parties etc. What's Missing & Comparison With MyNeta.info We found the data easy to comprehend, however, while it might be useful for a media company, we don't really know how knowing which candidate won when and by how much actually helps…

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