This post is about the upcoming Lok Sabha elections that are to be held from 11th April 2019 to 19th May in 7 phases across India.
In short, it is the biggest democratic exercise across the world; more or less, a festival.
As we all know, voting is a Constitutional right granted to Indian citizens over 18 years of age to choose our own representatives. Yet, many of us refrain from using this right and rest at home since it is not mandatory.
Does a single vote matter?
Of course, every vote matters.
We may feel our single vote is trivial. But imagine what would happen if this becomes a national attitude. The entire efforts of the Election Commission (EC) and even more importantly, the only opportunity when a citizen overpowers and gets a chance to uphold the value of democracy turns futile.
In this world, where there are conflicts even within a nuclear family, it is not fair to expect the entire democratic experience to be smooth. Numerous government functioning, economic policies or corruption might have rendered us unsatisfactory impression on the government. But this single reason of poor governance shouldn’t stop us from voting.
All we can do is change ourselves.
But sometimes that changes everything.
Let us be determined to utilize the medium that is offered to express – through support or rejection.
By casting vote on the day of elections.
Is that all, then? Can we just blindly press any button on the EVM/the NOTA or any party that our family prefers? Certainly, No.
Make some analysis on the candidates. It is important to make informed political decision.
India follows First Past The Post electoral system to choose members of the Lok Sabha, according to which the candidate who gets the maximum votes in a constituency gets elected. The vote share obtained need not be a majority, i.e., need mot be more than 50%.
In such a situation, very small number of votes may change the margins of winning. So, it is needed to choose the right candidate. How do we do that? Continue reading →