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Importance of Voting

Voting isn’t just important for Democracy. Voting is Democracy. You can’t have a successfully run democratic system without the support and votes of the citizens. The definition of a democracy even has voting in it. A democracy is a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections. That is what our forefathers envisioned for our country. We went to war for our democracy. Thousands of Indians fought for our rights and freedom, they shed their blood to give us independence that we have today. 

People at India can vote and the voting age is declared as 18. All these things were done to get more people to vote. These things would never have happened if voting was not important. It’s good to see a high rate of voting, that means people are doing their part in keeping our democracy alive. Without the active participation of people and casting their vote our democracy would expire. In fact our government would become a dictatorship rather than a democracy. Nobody wants to live in a place where your thoughts and opinions don’t matter.

Voting gives the ability for people to express their opinions about the government. The power lies in our hands when we vote. We are given a really great opportunity that many people don’t take advantage of. We are given the opportunity to change what we don’t like and bring about something you do like. Every vote reassures our democracy and makes it stronger. We can’t allow for it to weaken and disintegrate.

I bet many people couldn't even imagine living in a place where the people’s opinion doesn’t matter. Still today only half of all voters take part in voting activity day. Many people are angry with the government and don’t care to vote. Others despise the candidates or don’t believe their vote counts, and don’t have interest in the issues that are up for vote. No matter what their reasons are they need to vote.

You can’t bicker about the government when you don’t go out and vote and try and change what you are unhappy about. It is your right and trust on Indian constitution and power of democracy; it should be taken advantage of and use your rights in casting vote for the right candidate you believe in. That could allow the people to feel that they are represented more accurately and may make people to actively take part in voting.

Democracy is not possible without the people voting. It is has been important since our government was formed/ founded initially and it always will be, as long as people do their duty by taking part in the single and easy process of registering to vote and also voting.

For democracy to survive, it is essential that the best available men should be chosen for proper governance of the country. This can be best achieved through men of high moral and ethical values who win the elections on a positive vote. Thus the NOTA (none of the above) option would indeed compel political parties to nominate sound candidates. Giving the right to a voter to not to vote for any candidate while protecting his right of secrecy is extremely important in a democracy. Such an option gives the voter the right to express his disapproval of the kind of candidates being put up by the parties. Gradually, there will be a systemic change and the parties will be forced to accept the will of the people and field candidates who are known for their integrity.

The right to cast a negative vote, “at a time when electioneering is in full swing, will foster the purity of the electoral process and also fulfill one of its objectives, namely, wide participation of people.” Not allowing a person to cast a negative vote would defeat the very freedom of expression and the right to liberty, the Bench said. This right to not vote or Negative voting gives the political parties a run for their seats and to start ensuring that the candidates are worthy, real and clean. As most journalists put it across, it is a new weapon in the hands of the voter indeed. The Supreme Court and the Election Commission, however, are more vigilant than ever to ensure the elections are not won on the basis of muscle or money power. The Election Commission has, in the past done its bit in fighting off corruption. In 2004, the EC made it compulsory for all candidates of the Lok Sabha to disclose their criminal antecedents. The process revealed that 128 members or roughly a quarter of parliamentarians had criminal backgrounds. The Parliament did nothing about it. And suddenly we realized that our lawmakers were people facing serious charges of rape, rioting, banditry and murder. One may understand that The Supreme Court had been judicially active in this regard to try and ensure corruption free politicians or at least a step towards it. In recent days the Supreme Court judgments have tried to clean up politics by disqualifying convicted legislators, barring arrested candidates from contesting elections and bringing political parties under the RTI Act to force them to reveal the sources of their funding. The Concept behind the negative voting system is that a mechanism needs to exist, that prevents voters from being captive to bad choices, and that is, being forced to choose the least bad candidate. The political parties will now, hopefully give a second thought before choosing a candidate, to ensure the candidate is “clean”. This is, our Supreme Court, being judicially active and protecting our rights. Giving us hope for better lawmakers, better laws, and in turn, a better life. On other hand we being a powerful creative people in electoral process have a full authority to choose and cast our right towards our will. The air of election is blowing here and there. It is increasing day by day as election is approaching near. But, the situation of our masses is that our masses are not decided voters yet.

The saying goes, “A man without a vote is a man without protection. If anybody thinks that change can come about through the use of force and through bypassing parliament, he is wrong,”

Some people think that one vote will not make any change. If everyone starts thinking that vote casting is not necessary, then in the whole area no vote would be used in the right way. Within the system which we are living or believing as per Indian constituency, vote casting can play a definitive role. If one vote goes in the ballet box of corrupted candidate, after winning, he will take domination on the whole nation.

That’s why in this current system each and every vote has importance. It is our religious, ethical, social and moral responsibility to cast the vote in the favor of righteous person. You have a right to decide what action to be taken to protect our rights.

Considering the above facts, I would humbly request you all to raise your voice for a change not by ignoring the constitutional procedure but using your power and right as a responsible citizen of India.

Schedule for general elections 2014

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Code of conduct for general elections 2014

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