What is Election Manifesto?

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What is Election Manifesto?

The pamphlet or the booklet issued by a political party that tells people about its programmes and policies, is known as the election manifesto of that political party. It is issued by all the political parties who are fighting elections.

An election manifesto has the following uses:

(i) The election manifestoes issued by various political parties at the time of elections enable the voters to know about the policies and programmes of the parties who are fighting the elections. After studying those manifestoes, the voters can vote for the party (candidate) of their choice.

(ii) The manifesto of the ruling party tells the people about its achievements during the last tenure. Similarly, the manifestoes of the opposition parties point out the failures of the government and mobilise public opinion against them.

(iii) After the elections, the party which is able to get majority in the Parliament forms the government. The people can exert their pressure on the party in power to fulfill the various promises made to the people in its election manifesto. They are pressed to implement the policy and programmes issued in their election manifestoes.


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