I have spent the last 5 hours trying to vote in Gurgaon. Yet i haven’t been able to. The system does not allow me to. I don’t think i will be able to. This is the reality.
This is not just my story. It is the story of hundreds of people who i met at the various polling booths that i ended up visiting today. Who says voter turnout is low? People came to vote in huge numbers but most of them gave up in frustration because they could not find their names on the list.
I can’t believe that things can be so badly organized. The lists are all jumbled up with neighbours having to vote in different polling booths situated 5 kilometers apart. Forget neighbours, in some cases even family members have their names in different lists and locations. People are sent from one booth to the other with the officials having no idea what is happening.
Older people who have voted in a number of elections in the past and have voter id cards didnt have their names on the list and had to go back home disappointed.
What is the use of spending hundreds of crores on campaigns asking them to come out and vote and when they turn up the pathetic organization forces them to return home without voting.
Till today i thought that the system had problems but could be fixed with sincere efforts from citizens. Today i am not so sure. I think the system has become so hollow from the inside that whatever anyone does it doesn’t seem to make a difference. I feel, that as a political democracy, we are crumbling.
I don’t want to believe what I have said above, but my experiences are forcing me to think like that and lost trust in the system even before voting.
Am I right? Do you think the same as well? Can’t we do anything about it? Or are we just going to collapse as a society and as a democracy?