It is a measure of deep roots that democracy has struck in the country that an exercise in which 714 million voters (?) were cakked upon to elect the new Lok Sabha passed off without any major mishap,barring a few attacks in the early phases.
The election commission deserves to be commended for having done a gigantic jobs done well. The tension between then the Cheif Election Commissioner Gopalswami and Naveen Chawla who succeded him.
While it is a matter of concern that the money power was in full flow and the parties of all hues did not bat in eyelid in putting up several candidates with criminal antecedent, incidents of booth capturing were unheared in the election. This was partly because of the EVMs and partly because if the vigilant eyes of the EC.
If there was a avoidable flaw in the process, it was tooo long, spread as it was through 5 phases for over a month. In an atmosphere of acrimony and malice that prevailed, the EC thought that it would fit in the side of caution.
It is incubent on us to do something to see wheather citizens discharged our responsibilities well. The turnout of the voters left scope of the improvement, especially of the elite middle class.
In many major cities,there was an good degree of voter apathy,particularly amongst the weel-heeled chatteratti. Overall, the total voting percentage is not inspiring.
On the other hand, hundreds of aspiring voters found out their names missing including Kamal Hassan, who cancelled his shootings because of the elections.
Yet all done, there is room for satisfaction that the mammoth task has been completed with vert few glitches.