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Elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh: A Real Time Political Data Analysis

The Trivedi Centre has spent the past few months consolidating its existing datasets on previous elections’ results and on the profile of legislators from both states.

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6 November, 2017 | 3 min read

By Gilles Verniers

The Trivedi Centre for Political Data (TCPD) gears up to cover the incoming state elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. To produce real time analysis of the results, the Centre has spent the past few months consolidating its existing datasets on previous elections’ results and on the profile of legislators from both states. During the campaign, the Centre’s four ELM teams (twelve fellows) will conduct fieldwork to collect data on the main parties’ candidates (mainly caste and political family affiliations of candidates). Besides, one of our researcher, Ashish Ranjan, will spend three weeks in each state to cover the campaign and write stories, mostly for Hindi media.

The Trivedi Centre for Political Data is a non-partisan research Centre, at the cross road of political and computer sciences that promotes data-driven research, policy work and journalism on Indian elections. The Centre builds datasets on India’s public actors and Indian elections and disseminates them through an open data platform. TCPD works in collaboration with other institutions and research organizations to improve the quality of existing political data in India. 

Data on previous state elections can be downloaded or browsed on Lok Dhaba, the Centre’s data interface. Specific data requests and request for information can be sent to tcpd@ashoka.edu.in

The writer is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Ashoka University and Co-Director of the Trivedi Centre for Political Data. He is currently teaching the course “Making Sense of Indian Elections”. As co-Director of the Trivedi Centre for Political Data, Gilles spearheads a number of research projects and data building efforts on contemporary Indian politics. His research interests include, Mechanisms of representation and participation in India, State politics, Democratisation in South Asia, Sociology of elected representatives, controversies and problems in India’s democracy, Ethnic and Post-Identity Politics, Minority Politics, and political parties.

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