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  • 1. Know your Right to Vote
  • 2. Why should you vote?  India is the largest democracy in the world. The right to vote and more importantly the exercise of franchise by the eligible citizens is at the heart of every democracy. “In times of stress and strain, people will vote”- Anonymous
  • 3. Why should you vote?  We, the people, through our right to vote have the ultimate power to shape the destiny of country by electing our representatives who run the Government. “In times of stress and strain, people will vote”- Anonymous
  • 4. Who elects our Government?  Average polling percentage range = 50-60%  The winning parties obtaining a maximum of 25-27% of the total eligible voters' support means support of less than 20% of total voters “The ballot is stronger than bullets.” - Abraham Lincoln
  • 5. Who elects our Government?  Many instances of the winning candidate obtaining fewer votes than required for refund of deposit  So far, no national government in India has been elected with a majority vote  Even the largest parliamentary majorities were based on less than 50% voter support. “The ballot is stronger than bullets.” - Abraham Lincoln
  • 6. Who can vote? You are eligible to vote if: You are an Indian citizen You are 18 years or older You are an Ordinary Resident at your current location i.e. you have been living at your current address for 6 months or longer. “There can no longer be anyone too poor to vote”
  • 7. Electoral Roll  An electoral roll is a list of all eligible citizens who are entitled to cast their vote in an election. The electoral rolls are prepared Assembly Constituency wise.  To exercise your franchise, the first and foremost requirement is that your name should be in the electoral roll. “Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.”
  • 8. Elector’s Photo Identity Card  Mere possession of an EPIC issued to you does not guarantee you your vote, because it is mandatory that your name should appear in the electoral roll. “Thinking is not to agree or disagree. That is voting.”
  • 9. Disclosure by candidates Election Commission of India has made it mandatory that all candidates must file an affidavit along with their nomination form with details such as:  his/her criminal antecedents  his/her assets and liabilities and those of his/her spouse and dependents  his/her educational background “It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting.”
  • 10.  Any citizen of the country can obtain copies of the nomination form and the affidavit filed by any candidate from the Returning Officer and it shall not be refused.  As a voter you have every right to seek this information and get it. “The margin is narrow, but the responsibility is clear”
  • 11. Corrupt practices or Electoral offences  Offering or accepting money or any other gratification either to vote for or not to vote for a particular candidate.  Inducement by way of liquor, feast, gifts, etc. to vote for or not to vote for a particular candidate. “The ignorance of one voter in democracy impairs security of all”
  • 12. Corrupt practices or Electoral offences  Inducement to vote or not to vote for a particular candidate on the grounds of religion, caste, community, sectarian beliefs or place of birth.  Threat to an elector of ex-communication if he votes for or against a particular candidate. “The ignorance of one voter in democracy impairs security of all”
  • 13. Corrupt practices or Electoral offences  Offer of free conveyance to any elector to go to or from any polling station. “The ignorance of one voter in democracy impairs security of all”
  • 14. 1/4th MPs of Lok Sabha are tainted  125 MPs with criminal backgrounds in the 14th Lok Sabha. “Our elections are free - it's in the results where eventually we pay”
  • 15. 1/4th MPs of Lok Sabha are tainted  Few samples : BJP MP from Gujarat, Babubhai Katara, was held for trying to take a woman abroad on his wife's passport “Our elections are free - it's in the results where eventually we pay”
  • 16. 1/4th MPs of Lok Sabha are tainted  Few samples : On March 18, 2007, former Chhattisgarh chief minister, Ajit Jogi, arrested by the CBI in connection with the murder of NCP treasurer Ram Avtar Jaggi “Our elections are free - it's in the results where eventually we pay”
  • 17. 1/4th MPs of Lok Sabha are tainted  Few samples : Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader, Shibu Soren, was given life imprisonment for murdering his aide. “Our elections are free - it's in the results where eventually we pay”
  • 18. 1/4th MPs of Lok Sabha are tainted  Few samples : BJP MP, Navjot Singh Sidhu was awarded a suspended sentence of three years for causing the death of a man in a road rage accident. “Our elections are free - it's in the results where eventually we pay”
  • 19. 1/4th MPs of Lok Sabha are tainted  Few samples :  Operation Duryodhana: 12 MPs caught on camera receiving cash for raising questions in the Parliament in the interest of the North Indian Small Manufacturers’ Association (NISMA). “Our elections are free - it's in the results where eventually we pay”
  • 20. 1/4th MPs of Lok Sabha are tainted  Few samples :  Operation Chakravyuh: exposed the MPs accepting bribes for giving work contracts under the MPLAD scheme. “Our elections are free - it's in the results where eventually we pay”
  • 21. MPs failing in their duties Time lost in Slogan shouting, walk-outs, boycotts:  11th Lok Sabha – 5%  12th Lok Sabha – 10%  13th Lok Sabha – 22.4%  14th Lok Sabha – 26% Each minute of Parliament costs the exchequer Rs 26,035 Constantly choosing lesser of two evils is still choosing evil
  • 22. Criminal Charges by State State Total seats Criminal Cases % of state Daman and Diu 1 1 100% Jharkhand 14 7 50% Goa 2 1 50% Maharashtra 48 19 40% Punjab 13 5 38% Bihar 40 16 40% Kerala 20 6 30% Uttar Pradesh 80 23 29% NCT of Delhi 7 2 29% Gujarat 26 7 27% Chhattisgarh 11 3 27% Madhya Pradesh 29 7 24% “Votes should be weighed, not counted” – Freidrich
  • 23. Criminal Charges by State State Total seats Criminal Cases % of state Tamil Nadu 39 8 21% Karnataka 28 6 21% Haryana 10 2 20% Orissa 21 3 14% West Bengal 42 5 12% Rajasthan 25 3 12% Andhra Pradesh 42 4 10% Andaman and Nicobar 1 Arunachal Pradesh 2 Assam 14 Chandigarh 1 Dadra & Nagar Haveli 1 “Votes should be weighed, not counted” – Freidrich
  • 24. Criminal Charges by State State Total seats Criminal Cases % of state Himachal Pradesh 4 Jammu and Kashmir 6 Lakshadweep 1 Manipur 2 Meghalaya 2 Mizoram 1 Nagaland 1 Puducchery 1 Sikkim 1 Tripura 2 Uttarakhand 5 Total All India 543 128 24% “Votes should be weighed, not counted” – Freidrich
  • 25. Criminal Charges by Parties Party Total MPs Criminal cases % of party JMM 5 5 100% SHS 12 7 58% NCP 9 5 56% SAD 8 4 50% BSP 19 8 42% JD(U) 8 3 38% RJD 24 11 46% AIFB 3 1 33% JD(S) 3 1 33% SP 36 11 31% CPI 10 3 30% DMK 16 4 25% “Voting is a civic sacrament” – Theodore Hesburgh
  • 26. Criminal Charges by Parties Party Total MPs Criminal cases % of party LJNSP 4 1 25% MDMK 4 1 25% BJP 138 29 21% INC 145 26 18% CPM 43 7 16% BJD 11 1 9% AGP 2 AIMIM 1 AITC 2 BNP 1 IFDP 1 IND 5 “Voting is a civic sacrament” – Theodore Hesburgh
  • 27. Criminal Charges by Parties Party Total MPs Criminal cases % of party JKN 2 JKPDP 1 KEC 1 MNF 1 MUL 1 NLP 1 NPF 1 PMK 6 RLD 3 “Voting is a civic sacrament” – Theodore Hesburgh
  • 28. Criminal Charges by Parties Party Total MPs Criminal cases % of party RPI(A) 1 RSP 3 SDF 1 SJP(R) 1 TDP 5 TRS 5 Total 543 128 24% “Voting is a civic sacrament” – Theodore Hesburgh
  • 29. Lok Sabha 2004: Serious Criminal Charges against elected MPs Other BJP INC CPM CPI BSP NCP SP RJD * Total Murder, attempt to murder, culpable murder, causing suicide etc 7 4 2 1 17 0 27 5 24 84 Robbery and dacoity 0 4 0 0 8 0 4 0 1 17 Kidnapping 0 1 0 0 2 0 6 1 2 11 Theft and extortion 1 0 0 0 3 0 13 3 8 28 Rape 1 1 Other violent crimes - using dangerous weapons, causing grievous hurt, assault on woman etc 9 7 3 0 13 2 30 4 20 88 Total violent crimes 17 16 5 1 43 2 80 13 56 229 “No matter whom you vote, the Government always gets in”
  • 30. Lok Sabha 2004: Serious Criminal Charges against elected MPs Other BJP INC CPM CPI BSP NCP SP RJD * Total Dishonesty, cheating, fraud, forgery, dealing in stolen property 5 17 6 0 23 0 11 18 7 87 False oaths 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 3 16 Defiling place of worship 1 1 Total other serious crimes 11 21 6 0 23 0 11 22 10 104 Total all violent and serious crimes 28 37 11 1 66 2 91 35 66 333 “No matter whom you vote, the Government always gets in”
  • 31. “SACHCHE KO CHUNEY, ACHCHE KO CHUNEY” Jai Hind

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