- A nationwide survey by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) has reported that for 41.34% respondents distribution of liquor, cash and freebies was an important factor behind voting a particular candidate in election. ADR is a NGO which works in the area of electoral and political reforms
- ADR conducted the survey to a) identify voters’ priorities on specific governance issues, b) voters’ ratings of the government’s performance on those issues, and c) factors affecting voting behaviour.
- According to the survey, better employment opportunities, better healthcare and drinking are top 3 voter’s priorities.
- Further, for none among the listed priorities in the survey the performance of the government was rated as average or above average.
- The report also revealed that voting behaviour is largely driven by who is the party’s chief ministerial candidate. The party to which a candidate belongs to ranks second on the priority list, followed by the candidate’s profile, candidate’s caste& religion and distribution of gifts.
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