My vote counts!
The year 2019 is going to be a year to be remembered for a number of reasons. For us Indians, it’s obviously of a much greater significance as the year hosts two of the most loved things in the daily life of a common middle-class Indian citizen. Starting with the first major event is the ICC Cricket World Cup hosted by England. Each and every Indian has cricket deep-rooted in his blood and the passion only increases multiple folds when it’s the World Cup. The second most important event is the General Elections of 2019. India stands on the verge of one of the most dramatic elections of all times. Let’s have a sneak peek at how this election is going to be different than the ones we have had in the past years.
- Use of ‘voter-verifiable paper audit trail’ (VVPAT)’
This will be the first time ‘voter-verifiable paper audit trail’ (VVPAT) will be used for voting for the candidates of your choice. VVPAT or paper trail machine is a device which dispenses a slip with the symbol of the party for which a person has voted for. The slip appears on a small window for seven seconds and then drops in a box. The voter cannot take it home. While the voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines have been used in all polling stations the results of EVMs and VVPATs are matched in one polling station per constituency
- A number of polling stations.
The number of polling stations in the year 2014 was 9 lakh. With the increase in the number of voters, the number of the polling station is also going to go up. The year 2019 is going to see 10 lakh polling stations hence providing more opportunity for voters to cast their vote and choose a leader of their choice.
- Candidates with a criminal record.
For the first time in Lok Sabha polls, candidates with criminal antecedents are required to publish information in this regard in newspapers and through television channels on three occasions during the campaign period. Earlier, the candidates were required to give details of their criminal cases to the poll panel through an affidavit but were not required to make it public themselves.
- A number of teenage voters.
With the advent of technology, social media has reached each and every corner of the country. Its biggest users reside in the form of teenage youth varied from an age of 16-19. The use of social media as a platform to popularize political propaganda has led to increasing in the passion of youth towards politics. The teen voters will be pivotal in deciding the future of the nation’s leadership as their number mounts up to 15 million.
- The influence of female voters.
2014 saw an increase in women voters, outnumbering men in several key constituencies in Bihar, Rajasthan, Odisha, and Tamil Nadu. While the elections saw an overall increase in turnout from 58% to 66%, the gender gap between men (67%) and women (66%) thinned down. Political parties have been trying to outdo each other in luring the woman voter. Hence the number of female voters would be a key role in deciding the future of the nation.
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