Why not replace the party symbol with the candidate's photo on Electronic Voting Machines?
Should the symbol of a political party be entirely replaced with the details of the candidate on an EVM? What could be the significance of such a move if it is taken up? Give pros and cons in your debate.
Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) are used in elections in our country. Sometimes ballot papers are also used. The EVM displays the party symbol or the symbol allotted to that particular candidate on the EVM or ballot paper. The voters most of the time vote based on the symbol displayed. The voter, if he/she is literate can read the name. In the case of illiterates, only the symbol is known to him. Many of the voters may not be knowing about the candidate. The party symbol plays an important role than the credibility of the contesting candidate,
Instead of the party symbol, if the photo, age, and qualification of the candidate are displayed, the candidate's worthiness will be assessed while voting. The candidate's worthiness is dominated by the party symbol. If the voter finds the photo, age, and qualification instead of the party symbol, the worthiness of the candidate will be considered. Even illiterate people can recognize the candidate, and they too can assess the credibility of the candidate.
The Supreme Court of India is about to hear a case on this subject. It directed the petitioner to serve a notice to the Advocate General of India. The case will come up for hearing shortly. Members, express your opinions on this subject of replacing the party symbol with the candidate's photo, age, and qualification on the 'EVM' or 'Ballot Paper'.