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Discuss: Should voting in elections be made compulsory for every individual?
Posted Date: 21 Feb 2012 Posted By:: Manoj Chaurasia Member Level: Gold Member Rank: 358 Points: 5
This thread is to discuss the opinion poll topic 'Should voting in elections be made compulsory for every individual?'.
Although voting is our constitutional right but we don't exercise it. I think that instead of allowing individual to decide on his to vote it should be made compulsory. Voting once in 3 years or 5 years is not a big task but hardly 50-60% come to vote and remaining people skip it on excuse that nothing is going to change or why take pain and enjoy the holiday which we get on day of polling.
This kind of attitude allows many crooks to buy voters and cast vote in their favor and win elections and afterwards enjoy the power he gets without caring for people.
Till the time voting is optional people will not bother to vote and keep complaining that its useless to vote. The whole meaning of democracy is defeated when we say that what difference can i make with one vote.
Crores of rupees is spent on conduct of elections which also is paid out of our pocket indirectly and we our self do not utilize the benefit which we can derive from that money by voting and appointing a person who would bring development and opportunity.
It is very rightly said that "Power corrupts and absolute powers corrupts absolutely." if it is wrong hands.
Hence if voting is made compulsory we would atleast bother to vote and will definitely vote for the best person and party although out of compulsion.
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|#293133 Author: Ajai B Maliackal Member Level: Gold Member Rank: 137 Date: 21/Feb/2012 Rating: Points: 2|
You have raised a good thread, which initiates people to vote in a good manner. Many of the people does not use the voting option and they are not voting for a particular person. Voting must be made compulsory,so that they will at least vote for the political people.
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|#293142 Author: Nupur Khalkho Member Level: Gold Member Rank: 306 Date: 21/Feb/2012 Rating: Points: 2|
I agree with you partially, voting can be made compulsory. But the corruption level should also be reduced much. If the winning candidate gets gets less than 30-35% of the votes re-voting should be done. The citizen's should execute their voting rights so that the best candidate can get the opportunity to come into power and work for the citizens and the nation.
|#293151 Author: Pravat Kumar Das Member Level: Gold Member Rank: 635 Date: 21/Feb/2012 Rating: Points: 4|
India is a democratic country so there should not be any kind of compulsory fr any reason. Whether it is for living or for election. So if a person does not want to give vote for any political party or for any individual person standing in election. But there should be some changes in rules so that who ever wants to vote can give vote.
Government has made some rules like time limit ( which is a main reason for not appearing of some people to do vote) there should be some changes. Who ever staying outside also should get chance to give vote either through Internet or some how else.
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|#293199 Author: Nadeem Naqvi Member Level: Diamond Member Rank: 82 Date: 21/Feb/2012 Rating: Points: 5|
It is a mindset of the Indian to cry for the rights and when they are provided by the right they don't want to exercise their rights and then they have a habit of arguing to call the system to be corrupt.
I agree that the system is corrupt and it is we who are responsible for the same. Voting is right which is provided in the Indian constitution as you have mentioned in your thread. There are two correlated things one is right and the other is the duty. If we are provided a right then there comes in a duty part which has to be exercised by us which most of the people are just not doing.
The government should make it mandatory for all to caste their votes and be a part of creating a government which will govern them for the next 5 years. Falling percentage in the voting is the main reason as to why the people are not getting the best government to govern them.
Why the government announces holiday on the day of election, only to the reason that all should go to caste their votes but we eventually enjoy our holiday in something else rather than going to caste the vote. The government should deduct the salary of the person who is working if he/she has not given the vote.
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|#293225 Author: mahesh jawahar Member Level: Silver Member Rank: 1443 Date: 21/Feb/2012 Rating: Points: 2|
I am wondering whom to vote! there's no one who is not corrupt and dedicated for the nation. Politicians differ in only one aspect i.e. level of corruption. They invest so much money into their election campaigns that they have to earn it back from corruption. Which party to support? That's why I feel there's no use making voting compulsory.
|#293560 Author: Kalyani Member Level: Diamond Member Rank: 24 Date: 22/Feb/2012 Rating: Points: 5|
Instead of having a compulsion on franchising vote in the elections, it is better if the literates use their right to vote. Unfortunately it is the literates who do not franchise their vote though they are very well aware of the huge expenses on conducting the elections. Indirectly we are responsible for wasting our money as we are the tax payers. Instead of saying that there is no right candidate of my choice, it is always advisable to choose the better one out of the list of candidates. By doing so you would helping in discouraging the corrupt politicians. Even if you do not cast your vote, it will be franchised by some illiterate in your name who is brought to the polling booth by the polling agent. So keeping this in mind it is better not to give the polling agents such a chance of misusing the election system on the whole.
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|#293561 Author: K Mohan Member Level: Platinum Member Rank: 3 Date: 22/Feb/2012 Rating: Points: 3|
I think voting must be made compulsory to all if any one not exercising his franchise must not enjoy the privileges of the govt. On the election day we find hardly 50 to 60 percent of the voters turn out to vote and remaining 40 percent simply enjoy the holiday and shun the democratic right. But they are one who are benefited by the govt populist measures, be it rich or poor. Therefore voting must be made compulsory.
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|#293597 Author: Veena Sharma Member Level: Gold Member Rank: 126 Date: 22/Feb/2012 Rating: Points: 4|
Yesterday I respond to a thread where the topic was about whether we should vote; even if we don't get the proper person to vote for? And I respond no; rather we should build a new party which can do good for us.
In the same way I would like to say that voting is our right; it can be made mandatory; but what is the use; if we really don't have a good candidate to vote for. It should be compulsory only when we have many choices which will do good for us.
Otherwise I think it is really not right to make it compulsory only to fell up voting box and nothing else.
|#293660 Author: Madhvee Chaubey Member Level: Diamond Member Rank: 57 Date: 22/Feb/2012 Rating: Points: 2|
If we have the right to complain against the system, then it is our duty to vote. So, people should try their best to cast the vote.
But, voting should not be made compulsory. There are many people who live outside their jurisdiction to earn livings. And , it is not possible for them to go to their place only for voting.
|#293664 Author: Mala Jaiswar Member Level: Gold Member Rank: 154 Date: 22/Feb/2012 Rating: Points: 2|
India is a democratic country and in a democracy you cannot force any person to do anything against his or her will. That includes voting. Yes it is definitely good if everybody votes and people should be encouraged to do so. But in the end, you cannot force anybody. What are you trying to be? a dictator?
|#293665 Author: Anoop Poduval Member Level: Silver Member Rank: 852 Date: 22/Feb/2012 Rating: Points: 4|
It is a good thread. Elections are been conducted for the purpose of making 100% polling. But we Indians are not using this fully. Average polling percentage is 50 to 60 percentage, which is not a healthy sign at all. It has been improved. Corruption is the after effect of this, where the right persons are not been elected because of the fall in polling rate. A system should come, where the corrupted politicians are to be crossed by the public in an open place. Then the corruption rate will become low.
Fall in polling percentage make the politicians to predict the election result before it happens. If the voting make compulsory by law it will be better I think. Everybody should use the right to vote.
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|#293977 Author: Kalyani Member Level: Diamond Member Rank: 24 Date: 23/Feb/2012 Rating: Points: 4|
@Mala Jaiswar, I am sorry to oppose your view on a democratic country. Democracy doesn't mean the freedom of the citizens. Of course, I do agree that no person can force the other person but when the necessary arises there is nothing wrong in forcing the people for the well being of the society. Actually people need to fulfill their fundamental duties as well when they want to enjoy the freedom.
While enjoying freedom people should keep in mind that they are not crossing their limits and are not posing a threat to the society but they need to look into the well being of the society.
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