MPs pitch for compulsory voting
The Hindu, May 09,
Cutting across party
lines, members in Lok Sabha on Friday favoured making voting
compulsory to strengthen democracy in the country. ?Voting
cannot be left to the will of the people.
participate in the electoral process,? said Vinod Kumar Sonkar (BJP).
He was speaking on a private member?s bill on Compulsory Voting
moved by Janardan Singh ?Sigriwal? of BJP.
?A person can always
press NOTA button if he does not like any of the
candidates...but he must vote,? Mr. Sonkar said.
opinion, K Kavitha (TRS) said voters must be inspired to
exercise his or her right to vote. At the same time, she added,
political parties should also be held accountable for their
failure to fulfil elecrtoral promises.
Dushyant Chautala (INLD),
while favouring compulsory voting, made a case for introduction
of bio-metric cards to check bogus voting. He said it should be
accompanied by a ?right to recall? under which voters could have
the option to recall elected representatives.
There should also be
a provision for online and mobile voting to help the aged and
those living at distant locations, he said.
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