Rajiv

Kerela Elections 2011- from my eyes

In diary, kerala, News, Politics, Writing on April 16, 2011 at 11:47 pm

Read Part 1 : Here 

Part 2

Kerela Elections 2011

It happens once in months (more precisely years 🙂 for me) that I wake up in Brahma muhurta (early square morning). Sages used to wake up at this time of the period for ablution in the ancient periods. Practiced still now in case of kumbh melas  and in Islam and many other religions. But my intention was to get things done when the bathrooms are still clean.😛

At this hour, I always have a delightful scene of the morning Star. It was so bright and beautiful. A lone star shining brightly in the dark sky. I always cherish this moment.

The D-day began with checking the electronic voting machine [EVM] for the last time. I inquired from the locals, have they used EVM in earlier polls. They replied positively and I felt kind of relief.  The things which I felt must be new for this poll was the use of SMS service for intimation of steps carried out at polling stations to the central command.  The very first thing that we carried out was the Mock Poll. Three agents, from the major parties, were asked to poll in random and the final votes were tallied from machine. I guess, this is being done to satisfy their doubts about the EVM. What happens sometime is that the candidates often put blame on mechanical failures for their loss. This mock poll, in presence of their agents, shall help to clear any doubt they have about the EVM.

While we’re testing EVMs, I could see two Old men waiting in the queue to cast their vote, well ahead of time. Vote, a powerful weapon in the hands of common people. It’s double-edged sword. If cast for the right person makes the next 5 years fruitful otherwise a hell. I felt, youths are still not aware of their rights yet. As very few of them came and that too in late afternoon. Ladies were the most conscious of the lot, with more than 50% of the casted votes came from the women.

  • The first 5 hours saw a brisk polling. Almost 50% of the votes were casted by 1200 hours. But then by 1700 hours, sadly the total votes casted was only 62%.
  • Voter ID card was still the main identity card, hope by next elections, AADHAAR (unique identification number or UID) replaces Voter Id.
  • We had a form for Blind voters, sadly none of them turned up. I am confused about how a blind voter shall vote without any aide. And if an aide is there then guess what, it’s not a secret ballot any more.
When the clock struck 1700 hours, the EVMs were ‘Closed’ and sealed off. The polling was peacefully over, but the day wasn’t.
We started back for the center. Collecting people from other centers we reached center by 1830 hours. Then began the real fight of the day. It was submission time. Everyone wanted to do away with their EVMs and papers first. Lucky us, we were second in number. We finished the paper work and submitted the ballot. Relieved, we celebrated our day long journey with Pepsi/Lemon Soda🙂  .
I got in touch with my other office colleagues and by 2300 hours I was Home.🙂  Home Sweet Home
Well, this was an awesome experience for me. A small insight on basics of this vast process. Lets see, what people have in store for their future. During this period I came across an SMS which went like this:-
“April 1st, you get fooled for One day, 11 days later be careful, otherwise you will be fooled for 5 long years.”
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  1. “But my intention was to get things done when the bathrooms are still clean” HAHAHAHA

    dont u guys have national identity cards or some such?

  2. Very interesting post, Rajiv. We’re gearing up for local elections too and a referrendum on the voting system. Prediction is that only 15% will vote in the referrendum. Shameful. When other countries have fought for their vote and use it we in the UK can’t be bothered. It does my head in. Well done on playing your part.

    • Thanks Al. It’s finally we are to blame for the failures of the govt. isn’t it? Afterall minority makes the govt when majority don’t cast their precious vote.

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