State likely to see low turnout but high percentage voting

State likely to see low turnout but high percentage voting

Kohima, April 10: Sensing the mood of the people, Nagaland is expected to witness low turn out with high percentage of voting on Thursday in the Lok Sabha poll and by-election to Aolendang assembly constituency in Mokokchung district.
There are nearly 12 lakhs eligible voters who can exercise their franchise but there are strong indications that polls are most likely to be marred by massive proxy voting as is the usual practice in previous Lok Sabha polls.
Even as there is an ongoing clean election campaign throughout the State by some organizations and the Church, but in reality so far no impact of such campaign can be seen on the ground. In contrary elections have become too expensive, marred by undemocratic means, and the Election Commission (EC) has remained just a mute spectator, which has frustrated the clean election groups.
Installing CCTV, web casting and deploying officials to oversee the “undemocratic activities” during the polling has become a futile exercise in the absence of any tangible action against undemocratic elements.
Responsible voters are upset with the current fraudulent democratic process and there is lack of enthusiasm from voters to exercise their franchise.
Elections should go a long way towards making democracy work, but for India they fail to represent democratic ideals, for the reason that they are affected by electoral manipulation and misconduct, with the EC failing to act.
The biggest problem is that the Election Commission, which is supposed to be the guardian of free and fair elections, has become a toothless tiger. Article 324 of the Constitution says it controls and supervises elections but it reality it does not. In order to stamp out these unfair tendencies, there is a need to strengthen the hands of the EC and to give it more legal and institutional powers. (Page News Service)