A Brief Overview of Soapbox

- Koushal Devabhaktuni , Journal Club

2017-04-12

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Though all the candidates make a huge effort to try and communicate their views, goals, and aims through campaigning, they might fall short due to lack of time. To make this communication better, Soapbox was introduced. During Soapbox, candidates get to present their views and their manifestos to all the students in the campus. This helps the voters understand the candidate better and helps them to decide who to vote for. Voters can also raise doubts about the candidate's credentials or manifestos in front of the whole campus. Starting in 2010, Soapbox has now become probably the most important campaigning tool.

This year, both the president and general secretary candidates get 7 minutes to complete their speech while the cultural secretary and sports secretary candidates get 5 minutes each. Each of these speeches will be followed by a few questions from the audience. But due to the time constraints of Soapbox, the audience might not always get a chance to clear all their doubts. So, this year the Election Commission has introduced a system where the general body give their questions to the EC anonymously, out of which the EC filters a few and forwards them to the respective candidates. The candidates can choose to answer these questions or decline. If they do answer, the EC will post them online for anyone to read.

All-in-all soapbox brings the candidates closer to the rest of the general body and improves transparency as doubts on credentials/manifestos are raised openly in public.

Poster Credits : Rajiv Krishna