Elections can bring smile also amidst all the seriousness and tensionThe Lok Sabah Election is going o in phases. It is over in Kerala on 23 rd April. I had ' done my duty, discharged my responsibility and exercised my right ' by duly voting. As we all know, the election times are very serious and stressful. Not only to the candidates but to the voter too-was proved by the ten plus deaths happening in or around the polling booths on voting day in Kerala. They were not due to any poll violence, but voters dies collapsing while waiting in queue for voting or just after reaching the polling room etc.
But this time elections gave a few occasions to smile also. At least three incidents were reported in Kerala which brought smile to me.
1. Before the polling started in one booth, a snake was found inside the VVPAT machine. Not to say what commotion would have happened. My smile is on thinking what roll the snake has in a poll? Did anyone have snake as his symbol? Or was it some democratic form of protest by the serpent flock?
2. A popular film actor (award winner and popular as comedian) showed his right hand finger for putting the indelible ink and it was duly doe and he voted and came out. But just before raising it for selfie, he realised that and went back and got his left hand finger also inked. So he was probably the only one who got his two fingers inked for one vote. Apart from the smile coming many things may be guessed- the most harmless is that the poll official was much in awe when he saw the actor and forgot his correct duty.
3. The third one also brought a smile and gave me a worry of things to come. One voter completed his voting leisurely and ensured that VVPAT also is okay. Then while coming back from the voting compartment he heard the name of the next voter and the beep sound. He just jumped back into the poll compartment and pressed the button, thus voting two times. All officials and the next voter were perplexed . No one knew what to do as there was no precedent for this. At last to satisfy the victim voter, a tendered vote was allowed. Now that a precedent is created......?
As still more phases of voting are remaining, I hope more such anecdotes may be narrated by members.