How to vote and for whom to vote?

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“How to vote and for whom to vote?”

The two questions that are on the mind of every Indian eligible to vote in the current elections. But before I answer these questions I would like to bring up one more question,

“Why to vote?”

What is even the point of leaving the comfort of our house or taking a break from our work and going out in this overwhelming heat, and waiting in a long long line just to vote? India has a population of about 1.3 billion people. What difference would my one vote make?

Well, the answer is simple.

Just like every drop of water matters in the formation of an ocean, the same way every single vote matters in the formation of a developed country. Don’t underestimate the power of your own vote as it could be the deciding factor between the win or loss of a truly deserving candidate. There is a total of 900 million eligible voters in our country for this year’s election. Imagine each and every one of them voting for a candidate that would really work towards ensuring the problems are solved and heard on a greater platform. Now, wouldn’t that be a giant leap towards development for our lovely country, India?

Us, as voters, what do we really want? A clean infrastructure, affordable prices, equity in income, employment opportunities, and other things that follow on. The only way to achieve these things is to ensure we vote. But that doesn’t mean you vote for just anyone. Don’t vote for the sake of voting, but vote to bring a change, to welcome development, to prevent corruption.

But how do I know who is a truly deserving candidate? Whom should I vote for?

Good question! Glad you asked.

A deserving candidate is one who doesn’t appear only during elections. He is someone who doesn’t resort to making unrealistic vows to lure his voters in. He is someone who doesn’t bribe for votes.

He may be someone who knows the conditions of the area well. He may be someone who has the charm, the ability, the desire to genuinely listen to and speak up for the problems faced by the locals. He may be someone who knows that he is to serve the locals once elected rather than the locals serving him.

The only way to do so is to pay close attention to the work done by the current government and the promises made by political parties right before elections. Awareness is the key to decide who deserves your vote. Make sure you are aware of who the candidates are. Make sure you are aware of what they’ve done to prove themselves. Make sure you are aware of how legible their promises are. Do they have a vision that involves the betterment of society? Do they have a real mission instead of a castle built on air?

Now if I have managed to convince you as to why you should vote and who should be worthy of your vote, then let’s move on to how to vote.

Well don’t worry, it’s not too complicated.

First of all, let’s start by making sure you are eligible to enrol as a voter.

Do you fall under these categories?

  • You are an Indian citizen.
  • You have attained the age of 18 years on the qualifying date i.e.1st of January of the year of revision of electoral roll.
  • You are ordinarily resident of the part/polling area of the constituency where you want to be enrolled.
  • You are not disqualified to be enrolled as an elector.
    • You can be disqualified under these conditions:
      • If you are not a citizen of India
      • If you are of unsound mind and stands so declared by a competent court
      • If you are for the time being disqualified from voting under the provision of any law relating to corrupt practices and other offences in connection with the election.

If you do, then according to the Election Commission of India, you are eligible to register yourself as a voter. To register you can opt to fill the form either online or offline. For online form, you can go to this site: https://www.nvsp.in/ . Whereas if you’d like to fill the form offline, you have to:

  • Either download the Form 6 or obtain it from offices of Electoral Registration Officers / Assistant Electoral Registration Officers and Booth Level Officers for free.
  • Fill two copies of the form.
  • You can either submit the form along with copies of required documents to the concerned Electoral Registration Officer / Assistant Electoral Registration Officer or send them by post addressed to him or hand them over to the Booth Level Officer of your polling area.

You can check if you are a registered voter here: https://electoralsearch.in/. Remember only registered voters are allowed to vote.

Now if that’s out of the way, then the process is really easy from here:

  • Know when the elections are in your area
  • Ensure you know your polling booth.
  • Make sure to go to your polling booth well before the booth closes.
  • Ensure you are marked present in the electoral.
  • Last but not least, press the button of the candidate on the EVM for whom you’d like to vote for.

There you go! That’ll be your contribution towards the development of the biggest democratic country in the world. Let’s together aim to place our country where it deserves to be. Let’s together show the world what can happen when 900 million voters come together to make a decision in favour of our beloved country. Let’s together strive towards the growth we would all like to see in India!

Happy voting India!

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