Election analytics

Yesterday, we kicked off the CNN-IBN Microsoft Analytics centre, a web­site visu­ally ana­lys­ing the his­tor­ic­al and up­com­ing Indian elec­tions. It’s hos­ted at ibnlive.in.com/general-elections-2014/analytics/ as well as at bing.com/elections (not to men­tion Gramener’s own gramener.com/election/). You’ll also see this on CNN-IBN’s news chan­nels reg­u­larly over the next few weeks.

It aims to make the past 15 Lok Sabha elec­tions more eas­ily un­der­stand­able for the lay audi­ence, al­low­ing them to ex­plore and dis­cov­er in­sights. This is also a learn­ing ex­per­i­ence for us at CNN-IBN, Microsoft and Gramener, while al­low­ing us to share the in­sights we find.

For ex­ample, we find that only once in the his­tory of Uttar Pradesh has a party swept every single seat in the state – the Janata National Party in 1977. This has nev­er happened in the his­tory of any large state.


Or, for ex­ample, the curi­ous case of Nalgonda and Belgaum in the 1996 elec­tions, where both con­stitu­en­cies had over 450 can­did­ates stand­ing for elec­tions (in­de­pend­ents, mostly), with many of them re­ceiv­ing no more than a hun­dred votes, per­haps from friends and fam­ily.


Each con­stitu­ency is shown as a circle. The col­our rep­res­ents the party that won in the 1996. The size is based on the num­ber of can­did­ates. You can clearly see the large purple circle – where JD won in Belgaum and the large red circle – where CPI won Nalgonda.

Over the next few weeks, we hope to add more in­sights to these visu­als, and blog about them as well. You’ll see some of these on TV on CNN-IBN. In the mean­time, please feel free to ex­plore!

One thought on “Election analytics”

  1. This is in­deed a good demo­graph­ic, i won­der how much it will change in the com­ing elec­tion.

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