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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Negative voting or call back a representative

Modern India facing big challenge in controlling corruption. No option to punish an elected representatives from the side of a genuine voter who voted to elect that representative. After election, most of the elected representatives believe that they have the sole right to do any thing as per their wish. This created an accumulation of condemnable pride inside many elected representatives. The notorious act of beating a Government staff , pouring abusive words to public, emotional vulgarism expressed by some representatives even in  Parliament are few among those behaviors raised from self-pride.

negative voting In a rally, Anna Hazare expressed his idea about providing  Call Back option for an elected representative. The voting members in  a constituency  will get an additional option to call back their elected representative, if he or she violates the general conduct or they fail to perform up to the level of expectation.

Issues in implementing a call back option

Just assume the situation in which a person is elected as a representative with a mild majority, and later any time (after 2 or 3 years) face a “call back” resolution. The political atmosphere of that time, and collective attack of opposition will decide his fate. Also chances are more that, the failed side may try to bring a “call back” as early as possible in order to declare a re-election and they will do all possible ways of defaming the elected representative. We may witness a massive personal, political and professional attack towards the elected representative.

Another possibility is that, after one “call back” of an MP or an MLA, re-election will generate another MP or MLA for the constituency. During the five year term, what shall we do, if the second member also violates the code of conduct. Can we push him  to another “call back”? How many times we will call back our representatives during a five year term. Can we afford the cost of multiple re-elections?

As per Indian democracy, President of India is elected according to the majority of Votes provided by elected representatives. If many constituencies implement “call back” option within the first two year term (Now a days chances are more for this),then, will it affect the credibility of an elected President.

Just imagine another case, A non Muslim is elected as a Member of Loksabha from a constituency where majority of voters are Muslims . Whether he will undergo “Call back “ option, if he takes a stand that not favors personalities like “Afsal Guru”. More clarity required in the terms of “Call Back”.

“Call back” option will definitely increase the feeling of responsibility among Elected Members. Also, chances of targeted attack on  Elected Members is more.

Negative voting – A real weapon for people

On the day of election, confusion creeps up when ballot paper reaches my hand. I felt that all the candidates in the ballot paper is not eligible to represent my constituency. What shall i do? At present I have only one option to do a “ Bad Vote”. Being a responsible citizen how I will refuse voting. So in current election process, am I really enjoying the rights that offered by Indian constitution. Unfortunately, my answer is no.

Introduction of negative voting in the ballot paper will help to solve this crisis. If I fail to select a right candidate for my constituency from ballot paper, then negative voting will be my option. If negative voting exceeds certain percentage, re-election must be recommended and never allow the existing panel of candidates to take an attempt again. This will urge all political parties to select perfect candidates for election. Probably, a shortcut to get the best out of our democracy.

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