Democracy at stake: ECI remains paper tiger

Democracy at stake: ECI remains paper tiger

Kohima, March 2: The world largest democracy only remains in paper as the realities on ground speaks volumes how democratic process functions and the Election Commission of India (ECI) has remained only a paper tiger.
The democratic process has deteriorated in the State over the years and the ECI has just remained toothless and there is growing frustration among the people over the system which is expected to depreciate further. But sadly the ECI has once against overlooked the massive irregularity in the recently held State elections.
Massive poll irregularity marred the elections throughout the State in the form of booth capturing, proxy voting, sale of voter slips by BLOs, buying of votes, etc., but the ECI and the law enforcing agencies remained a mute spectator.
The very purpose of Clean Election campaign by some organisations and Church, and supported by the ECI has simply failed again.
Appointing scores of Observes, installing webcast, CCTV, offline recording, deploying thousands of security forces and officials for the conduct of polls has turn out to be futile exercise in true sense and wastage of crores of rupees.
Demand from various quarters for re-conduct of polls in several places has fallen to the deaf ears of the ECI.
The local newspapers have also highlighted enough of the anomalies in the entire process of elections.
The irony and the glaring instance was that even Clean Election Icon Zunheboto district, Kaheli Chophy could not cast her vote and was pushed out from the polling booth. The incident took place in front of the security forces. She was reportedly threatened by supporters of one political party.
Chophy had requested the ECI to deliver justice by conducting a re-poll.
Numerous complaints have poured in at the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) but the ECI has rejected most of them and that re-poll was conducted only in 12 polling stations.
The credibility of the ECI and the democratic process in the State is at stake if urgent measures are not taken by the custodian of our democracy. The Union Government would have to come to the rescue of the crumbling democratic process by making the ECI more efficient. (Page News Service)