Wednesday, May 21, 2014

GENERAL ELECTIONS 2014: LOWEST EVER NUMBER OF INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES ELECTED

GENERAL ELECTIONS 2014: LOWEST EVER NUMBER OF INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES ELECTED
                                                                                                           
New Delhi: 21st May, 2014

General Elections 2014 has seen the lowest ever number of Independent candidates getting elected. Out of a total of 8251 contestants, 3234 were Independent candidates; out of this, 3 candidates have been elected. In the previous General Elections held in 2009, the total number of Independent candidates was 3831 out of which 9 were elected. The highest ever number of Independents elected is 42 (Second General Elections, 1957); the number of Independent candidates contested was highest at 10635 in 11th General Elections, held in 1996.

Table 1:  Performance of Independent Candidates in General Elections 1951-52   ̶  2014

General Elections
Year
Total No. of Contestants
Total No. of Independent Candidates
No. of Independent Candidates Elected
First
1951 - '52
1874
533
37
Second
1957
1519
481
42
Third
1962
1985
479
20
Fourth
1967
2369
866
35
Fifth
1971
2784
1134
14
Sixth
1977
2439
1224
9
Seventh
1980
4629
2826
9
Eighth
1984 -'85
5492
3797
5
Ninth
1989
6160
3712
12
Tenth
1991 -'92
8749
5546
5
Eleventh
1996
13952
10635
9
Twelfth
1998
4750
1915
6
Thirteenth
1999
4648
1945
6
Fourteenth
2004
5435
2385
5
Fifteenth
2009
8070
3831
9
Sixteenth
2014
8251
3234
3
Source: Election Commission of India

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