If you don't like all the contestants, still you can vote for NOTA. If you don't vote at all, then you are not performing your duty. People understood and participated in the voting. In many places there are NGOs and other democratic activists who convinced people the importance of voting and hence the voter turnout increased!
Of course there was less voting in Mumbai and Bangalore in this elections. Still there is an increase in voting from 2009 General Elections (5% to 10%). Lesser turn out in these place could also be blamed because of wrong voter list where names of a significant population were missing from the voter list. Even Election Commission (EC) apologized for that but I don't hold EC as entirely responsible.
As a citizen we must get ti know whether our names are in the list or not! Now days even through smart phones one can check whether his name is in the list or not! My 18 year old son registered his name on line and he checked his name in the list through his phone. One day he visited sub-collector's office and even submitted his documents.
Just a week ahead of the poll, he told me that his name is in the list. He voted even though his voter i-card didn't reach! EC has arrangements with voter slips through which he has voted! It's your country, your democracy; you must be responsible enough to ensure that you remain as its rightful citizen!
Who wins or who loses is secondary issue at the moment! We must feel proud that this celebration of democracy is well executed by us. Definitely there are some problems. The complaint against EC, the report of silent rigging, direct face off with CEC, violation of code of conduct, low level of campaigning etc. But nothing is perfect in this world. The record voter turnout is really an achievement for this democracy and things would be much better in the coming years!
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