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Exercise your Right2Vote in a smart way

Tuesday - March 13, 2018 10:56 am , Category : WTN SPECIAL
Image courtesy right2vote.in
Image courtesy right2vote.in

With the parliamentary election not many months away and several states going to polls in or around the same time, India is bracing up to be roiled by the election turbulence. The election is a healthy and most progressive way in a democratic set up to chalk out the nation’s destiny but in India, being so diverse and vast a country as it is, general election in itself is a gargantuan exercise that is expensive, logistically strenuous and time-consuming. Over 1 crore people are engaged in election duty and expenses run to the tune of Rs 30,000 to 35,000 crore. An election process of such giant proportions also debilitates normal functioning of the government machinery for a considerable period of time. With the model code of conduct coming in place, development works take a back seat in that period and priorities are given a miss.

But it is not a just general election that is the only 5-yearly disturbance the country goes through. Every year several states face elections and if chronicled, it can be seen that we are virtually in election mode all the year round. Somewhere or the other an election is inevitably going on. This keeps a section of the police and other paramilitary forces always engaged in election work. Teachers are engaged in election duty and education suffers. Expenses know no bounds. This breeds chances of corruption and financial shadiness.

To mitigate some of these ancillary problems elections bring in their wake, experts have been long advocating simultaneous polls across states along with Lok Sabha polls. With Prime Minister Narendra Modi now himself pitching for simultaneous polls, the proposal is finding wide currency. Interestingly, between 1951 and 1967, we did have simultaneous elections in the country. But due to dissolutions of state assemblies for certain reasons, the synchronisation was disturbed.

Some constitutional amendments may be needed to align the system for simultaneous polls, which may take some time, but we cannot afford to lose our scarce and precious resources in funding elections again and again.

But, will simultaneous elections really save a lot? It may not. There will certainly be some all-round saving and logistic convenience in having all the polls together, causing less disruption in the normal course of administrative activities but still, we will be left with a huge cost burden. Many of the old problems will still continue. The huge mobilization of people and forces will still happen, even if only once in five years. The voting process may be of a shorter duration but the preparations will be prolonged because all the coordinates across the length and breadth of the nation will have to be working in tandem and with precision. A glitch at one end may derail the entire process.

What then is the way out? Are we to go on spending our nation’s fortunes in a humungous electoral exercise for want of an innovative way? We have a smart option to try. That is mobile voting, or voting on one’s mobile phone. In this age of rapid technological progress and an enhanced internet and mobile communication template, do we really need to sustain a primitive format of standing for long hours braving the sun and the wind to exercise our franchise? Cannot we adopt a simpler way that relieves us of all the grandiloquent arrangement?

Right2Vote, a new mobile app tries to do exactly that. The process is simple. One can download the app on his/her mobile phone and on the Election Day, just at the touch of a finger, can choose the party symbol to vote for. The unique identification for every voter will be ensured by his/her Aadhar number. One person thus can vote only once. This is a safe and secure, paperless voting process that saves millions of rupees in one go. It saves troop movement, saves immense time for the common man as well as productive man hours for the country, ends the circulation and waste of huge money needed for all the electioneering paraphernalia and brings in transparency. Vote counting is more systemized and fast that further makes the whole election process easy and hassle-free.

Close to 30 million voters fail to exercise their votes due to time constraints or logistic inconveniences like distance, connectivity etc. Several countries are trying to adopt e-voting mechanism and local bodies in various municipalities in the world have even initiated this system. Estonia is the first country in the world which has reportedly successfully tested the e-voting formula in the country’s election. Founded by IIM graduate CA Neeraj Gutgutia and his team, the Right2Vote app, if adopted by the government, can prove a decisive boon for the Indian election system. E-voting is certainly the way ahead and before the world takes to it, India can show it the way by successfully holding elections through this system.
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