The idea of making voting compulsory will backfire, as it would entail violation of the freedom of speech and expression. A voter would in the process compelled to cast his or her vote in favour of a candidate not acceptable. Instead the goverment ought to frame law with option in the EVMs to nullify the vote casted, in effect giving the opportunity to express that the voter likes none of the candidates.
Compulsory voting appears to be an infringement on a citizen's right to expression. A citizen of India has a fundamental right not to believe in the process of voting - and so he/she may not take part in the process of vote.
Even in the parliament, the MPs of political parties sometimes abstain from voting on a number of issues. If it is okay for the MPs to abstain from voting, why not for the ordinary citizens?
Making voting compulsory does not make sense. Not voting is also a message to the democracy. The question is why are educated indians not interested to vote? The reason is straight and simple....... there is no right candidate to elect. If none of the candidates are good then it is not fair to force the citizen to elect a wrong candidate.
The so called experts have to learn to read the message given by the people. No vote means no right candidate.
Re: Right candidats are the need of the hour
by Mukund R (View MyPage) on Apr 27, 2010 06:56 AM
This is the problem with the people who think they are educated. My dear friend, kindly be informed that there is a provision to exercise your franchise and still not vote for anyone, if you think there is no right candidate. If all such votes total more than the margin of the winning candidate, he loses.
Re: Re: Right candidats are the need of the hour
by roshan sriram (View MyPage) on Apr 27, 2010 07:01 AM
when was this provison introduced? how would people know if media or govt does not bring awareness. this is what govt should do......... bring awareness not stupid laws.
Re: Re: Re: Right candidats are the need of the hour
by Mukund R (View MyPage) on Apr 27, 2010 07:30 AM
People know who slept with whom in Bollywood, they know which idiot plays for which IPL team, they have enough time for 50 Gutkha sachets a day, they have enough time to chat on cellphone for hours etc. When it comes to the point of national duty, media has to inform them. I do agree with you that media should do it. But if they don't you need to go get it.
Re: Re: Re: Re: Right candidats are the need of the hour
by roshan sriram (View MyPage) on Apr 27, 2010 06:29 PM
Well people know all that because it is the only nonsense that is talked about by the most responsible media. if you are so updated read the articles on no-voting you will be shocked to hear that most polling officials did know that it existed and take the responsibility to educate people around you. that is why are these public domains. if not for media..... if not for govt..... if not for election commision...... if not for NGOs there is no awareness in the society. Not every one's life is so relaxed as yours to dig everyday into developments. Responsibilities and poverty are such pressures in life. just don't be stupid to point fingers. realize reality.