Make NOTA more powerful
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The election, a festival of democracy what people call it has been less effective. As nowadays, In spite of choosing the one who'll make things good, it has been an occasion of choosing who can make people less suffering. It's shameful for even us that we just go to polling booth and choose particular party candidate without looking at his profile.
Maybe there are few who really (at least partially) want to be here to serve the country. When everyone is corrupt, no one is there whom you can choose. The candidates at ground level should not be chosen under influence of any party but the work done in that particular area.
Thankfully we have an option of NOTA which allows us to not choose any. NOTA can be a powerful tool to show the public anger but it isn’t because these people won’t let it work As it may cause huge loss to them.
Let's look at NOTA's current situation: “The Election Commission also clarified that even though votes cast as NOTA are counted, they are considered as invalid votes so they will not change the outcome of the election process. They are not taken into account for calculating the total valid votes and will not be considered for determining the forfeiture of deposit.”
So this makes our vote holding no significance. Even if 999 out of 1000 would press NOTA and 1 would choose any candidate, that candidate would still be called a winner. So this makes NOTA ineffective.
But if applied right way, NOTA can become a tool of showing our disinterest in candidates and can bring huge changes in politics.
There can be such clause in election process that if NOTA gets majority it means public don't trust any of the candidates and it, in result, should cause re-election with new candidates who thereafter can look forward to know what actually is wrong rather than making promises, also there can be ban (due to huge disinterest) for some time on those candidates who stood in that particular election.
Such an arrangement would make them more dedicated towards public welfare (to avoid getting banned) as no one would want to be banned. Also, people would get a representative who actually does something. And this would surely bring the change. A threatening to the local candidates who forget public welfare after getting elected.
I don’t know if this can be a revolutionary thing that can happen to Indian politics or not but I find this would make at least some change in current situations. Being a people at root level, we need good Corporators, Mayers, Sarpanchs who are most close ends of government to people. We certainly don’t want to choose a ruling party (no matter how good it is) if the root level person is not eligible or good enough. We are the taxpayers and deserve service of the government. And this might teach this lesson to every politician that they really are here to serve us (Well !!!).
Let’s Make NOTA public’s weapon!!!
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