India is a country that runs on the principle of: “OF” the people, “BY” the people and “FOR” the people.
The entire nation is gearing up to participate in the Lok Sabha elections. It has thus become a necessity to know the in and out about it. is the main agenda for every citizen to know the importance of a single vote.
The Lok Sabha elections are held every 5 years in India to elect 543 members. They are also known as the “general elections”. The Lok Sabha election 2024 is scheduled to be held on dates between 11th April and 19th May. This Lok Sabha election held in seven phases shall constitute the 17th Lok Sabha.
The counting will start on 23rd May and the same day results shall be declared.
The EVM (Electronic Voting Machine) was used for the first time in 1997 and the only means of voting from 2004 is used for elections. Each voter is then marked with indelible ink.
Why Voting is an Important Responsibility of Citizens?
“Bad leaders are elected by good citizens who do not vote”.
As a citizen of a country, it is the national and moral responsibility to vote in the upcoming Lok Sabha election. As much as it is compulsory voting, one should have a willful desire to vote. There is still a lot of social awareness that is lacking among people.
People above the age of 18 are eligible to vote. But, even citizens who are 20-22 years do not own a voter registration card. Who is to be blamed for this? The system or the people?
A substantially large number of people are uneducated in India. They are unable to perform the online voter registration themselves. But, they are also lazy as they do not take help from centres’ set up for the same. This is an unending blame game.
The current scenario in the country is highly unpredictable. Every day there are big promises made if they are victorious in the Lok Sabha election. Be it, Narendra Modi or Rahul Gandhi. The politics of the nation has turned fluid and people are in a state of dilemma. To add to that there has been a threat to national security with the Pulwama attack. We may take pride in the surgical strikes, but the question still remains the same.
There is often ignorant behaviour of some people that we do not like either of the parties so we wouldn’t vote. That shouldn’t be the case. You have a provision of NOTA. At least vocalize your opinion. Only cribbing and not taking action make you equally guilty.
When you vote, you elect a representative of your opinions. You can be assured that you are heard.
It is important to realize that you must “be a part of the system to change the system”.
When you do not vote, in a way you lose the right to complain. If you don’t vote, you are empowering others to make a decision for you that you may not even like.
Why is Voting Important in a Democracy?
India has for long baffled the political theorists of the world. Running a democratic country with a population of 1.3 billion is a mammoth task in itself. India has been successfully progressing being a democratic government ever since its independence in 1947.
The voter turn-out which was 45.7% when the general or Lok Sabha elections began has reached 60%. Higher the voter turn-out more legitimate the system.
Voting is a basic process that is a pillar of democracy. Exercising your vote and being opinionated helps in the whole process.
These days it has become a general scenario that some print and digital media influence the voters. They in a way support particular political agenda that shouldn’t be the case. Putting forth to the people what is actually occurring in the country, is their duty. Favouring the Modi government or publicizing what Priyanka Gandhi said won’t help. Election news is delivered as if it is for mere entertainment.
It is observed that around the Lok Sabha elections some big moves are happening in the country on a national level like “Mission Shakti”. But what is necessary to understand as a responsible citizen is that these things may or may not be related politically. De-valuating a very big achievement by making remarks that it is a political agenda is not fair. Not for the country, nor for the people who have put their blood and sweat into making it a success.
The Advantages of Voting for Individuals and Nonprofits
Non-Profits are largely involved in elections. Having a considerable group of people with similar mindsets is an asset. It largely empowers them to reach closer to those in power. For the people in it as a community, it is highly beneficial as they are assured that any issue faced by them is surely going to reach the people in power.
Non-profits play a critical role in formulating public policies and weighing issues. The more voter engagement, the greater are your chances as a community to receive addressing of your problems.
Political parties are interested in such non-profits as they reach people which may not be covered through traditional ways of campaigning. Some non-profits even take up the stand where they are in a position to influence people.
Thus, Voting engagement is in benefit of voting, voters, political parties and non-profits alike.
In the end, we must take up the charge and realize that it is not only our duty to vote but a privilege.
In these elections, As a responsible citizen, register to vote if you aren’t. Make an effort to leave the house, cast your vote, and make a difference in the nation. It isn’t a holiday, it is the most important task for the day that you must accomplish. Be the change you want to see in the world. Encourage others too!