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.