We are going through the Parliamentary election in India nowadays. Our Constitution has granted every citizen over 18 years of age right to vote in election; this is known as Adult Franchise. Though our right to vote is optional yet we should take it as our duty to vote to strengthen our democracy. It has been a tendency among voters, especially in the urban areas, to treat the voting day as a day of rest. While skipping the vote may not seem to cause any harm, the long-term consequences are disastrous.
Here’s why every citizen of India must cast his or her vote:
If you think our government is not performing its dutyVoting is the agent of change. If the people of India think that the ruling government is not performing its duties satisfactorily, they can show it the door by voting against it. Refraining from doing so can result in the same party, or a worse one, being elected for the next five years.
Single Vote Counts:
In a country so populous, a voter might feel that a single vote does not make any difference. However, the balance tilts when this becomes a national attitude and lakhs—perhaps crores—of votes are not cast. By casting their vote, citizens may not necessarily be able to get the best candidate elected—politics being what it is—but by avoiding casting their vote they improve the chances of the unsuitable ones winning the polls. At the end, it is only the voter who has to suffer through poor governance.
Raise Voice through Vote:
Voting offers every citizen a medium of expression. In a country as vast and diverse as ours, different regions have different concerns and priorities. The process of voting allows every citizen to have a say in what should constitute the matters of importance by voting for the candidate he or she deems fit for the purpose. While it is true that the outcome of elections is seldom predictable, by not casting one’s vote, that citizen is giving up on the chance of getting heard. If total polling is say 70% and if there are 3 to 4 cornered contests in a constituency a person getting say 40% of the total vote casted will be declared elected. Just by getting 28% of the total votes. Do you think that such a person will take care of whole population when he knows that 72% of population has not casted vote for him?
Responsibility to Vote:
Every right must be accompanied with equal and opposite responsibility and casting vote should be no exception to it. The whole edifice of Indian democracy is built on the foundation of voting. If citizens are not careful about casting their vote—or worse, skip their vote altogether—it will jeopardize the existence of our Democratic Republic. To strengthen our democratic set up please take pledge to vote here http://bit.ly/VoteforIndia and do vote on the day of your voting.
Voting as an Honour:
Finally, voting is an honour conferred on the citizens by the founding fathers. By exercising their right to vote, citizens demonstrate their respect for the history of the country. Even most of the developed economy has not given adult franchise as right to their citizen at that point of time but our founding fathers of our Constitution has given it as a right and this make us biggest democracy in the world. Let us make it most responsible democracy by casting our vote in this election and every election that will come across till our last breath.
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