Modus operandi of voting and not voting

Easy, he said. “I used toilet cleaner (believable, as the popular cleaner brand is flashed regularly on TV showing a homemaker gush in ecstasy while the young salesman swishes the potent liquid on the toilet bowl, leaving it spotlessly clean).”

There are also hundreds of adults, who were in effect barred from voting as they were missing from the official register. In sharp contrast are some  others, who were given a choice of four different polling booths to cast their vote from, but their patience ran out after they failed to find their names in two of the booths.

There are scores of people with a valid Voter Identity Card but found their names  deleted at random from the rolls. The deletion is castewise or areawise depending on the political allegiance of the voters. The norm is that no voter is dropped once an ID card and number is issued.

The voter population figures of many wards far exceed the actual number as deaths, transfers and house moves are not recorded, resulting in duplication of rolls.

Registration officers fall short of a measure of integrity, which suggests they are failing to keep accurate documentary evidence of people on the electoral rolls.

Voter ID cards are meant to curb proxy voting. To overcome the hurdle, gullible voters are lured with incentives to surrender their identity proof and have their index finger inked to stop them from voting. Cash incentives ranged from Rs 500 to Rs 1,000 a vote.
Additions to the voter list are made at the last minute. When the add ons  do not tally with the names in the register of the polling officers, the vote is denied. Political parties engineering unrest to keep voters from polling is another gimmick.

While faulty EVMs account for nearly five per cent of votes not polled, impersonation by faking identity proof, including voter ID, driving licence and ration card, make up this shortfall.

Fraudulent methods are many and cost the candidates between Rs 10,000 to Rs 10 crore. Unlike death, voters are no great levellers. They judge a candidate by his money power and not his leadership skills. Blame it on the recession or loss of credibility, majority of the voters today quote an asking price, say candidates.  

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