Journey Of Election Officials: Sail Boats, Hill Trekking And Carrying EVMs, It’s Not Easy
With over 900 million voters which is roughly thrice the population of the USA and more than the population of entire Europe, the general election in the world largest democracy has many countless facets which make it perhaps the great fest of free will and right to choose across the world.
Imagine the amount of workforce whether those who conduct elections or those who maintain the law and order required to conduct the election in world’s seventh largest country in terms of area with snow clad Himalayas, plains, deserts, swamps, jungles and island scattered in the Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean.
India is so big in terms both size and population that If the state of Uttar Pradesh was country it would alone stand 4th in the global population and thus with the number of voters as well it will have more than any other country except for the US. China doesn’t have democracy. So chill!
India has over 2300 national, state and regional parties which represent 900 million voters who speak over 19,500 languages or dialects in India as their mother tongues which speaks a lot about the diversity of the country.
As far as spending on election is concerned, it takes fortunes to conduct elections of scale as big as India. A total of Rs 3870 crores were spent in the general election in 2014 and this year it will increase as the number of polling stations have gone up to 1,20,000.
This general election will see 52 lakh young voters who had attained majority at the age of 18 in the year 2014, had registered as first-time voters. This turned out to be the biggest empowerment of youth on a single day anywhere in the world. As of now in 2015, this number has more than doubled.
For the first time in India, the transgender community is being recognized and can vote under the categories – ‘third sex’ and ‘others’. This comes as a feature that didn’t exist previously.
India’s general election gets conducted due to the hard work of millions of people and voters should respect that hardship undertaken by those people to bring the polling booth near them. Therefore, India should come out and vote in large numbers to strengthen democracy.
Source : India Times