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Election Commission

14 petitions

Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to Ram Nath Kovind, chief justice of india, Chief Election Commissioner

Ban EVM Bring Back Ballot

To,Ram Nath KovindThe PresidentRepublic of IndiaRashtrapathi BhavanNew Delhi Sub: Ban EVM and bring back ballot voting Respected Sir, India has just witnessed a mammoth election to its main legislative body Lok Sabha. Current prime minister Narendra Modi got a massive mandate to continue his rule. Among several matters, the citizens really concerned about the way the election was conducted. From the schedule of polls, there were various occasions the poll body, Election Commission of India (EC), showed a favourism to ruling party despite repeated violations of model code of conduct by the leaders and candidates from BJP. The decisions on complaints of code violations had ebbed the body's trust among the citizens. In short, the Election Commission of India has lost its public trust. The other issue is Electronic Voting Machine (EVM). India introduced EVM in 1998-99 to replace the old ballot voting system. During its pilot test only in 1982, the concerned people had expressed their reservations on EVM. It was said EVM would ease the efforts of counting the votes and reduce the use of paper. After the introduction of EVM, an almost idea of the result came in few hours of counting. Since its introduction, several people had raised concerns on the EVM and the then Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy went further ahead to file petition in the courts to ban the machine claiming it can be tampered. He approached famous computer science researchers in the world enquiring the security of the EVM. They all told him the EVM could be manipulated with a wireless message from mobile phones. Moreover, Swamy claimed with a microprocessor the votes stored in the EVM could change. The then Opposition party BJP published a book on EVM tampering. The book questioned the elections process in India. Furthermore, big democratic countries like technologically advanced Japan and the USA are still using ballot papers for their elections. During last several elections, there were reports of faulty EVMs and most of the faults were in favour of BJP. Elections officials changed those soon. Despite a hopeless rule in last five years, the huge victory of BJP in Uttar Pradesh two years back and Narendra Modi this time has indeed sparked speculations among the common man about the EVM manipulations. Although, the Election Commission after Supreme Court intervention introduced Voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT), the body was not ready to match the VVPAT slips with the votes counted. They decide to match the slips in five booths of each Assembly constituencies in each Lok Sabha seats. After completion of a week, the EC has not published the full data. Media reports based on available data found some discrepancies between the total polled votes and counted votes. This has further stressed the apprehensions about the EVM. In total, a great number of people have lost their trust in elections with EVM. We citizens request you to ban the EVM and bring back the ballots to ensure public confidence on our elections. As you know, the public confidence is necessary for a healthy democracy. When public lost their trust on the system, the democracy collapses. Our main demands: Set up a judicial commission to investigate all the issues of faulty EVMs till the date and publish the report publicly. Punish the culprits if any discrepancy is found.  Publish the full audit report of EVMs till the date. Make available the EVMs for public to conduct tests. Investigate the mismatches in polled and counted votes. Clarify the doubts on Lok Sabha Elections 2019. Ban EVM from next elections.  Reintroduce ballot voting.

Indian Citizen
854 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Election Commission of INDIA, Government of India, Supreme Court of India

Make NOTA more powerful

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!!!

Maulik Modi
9,165 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to President of India, Prime Minister of India, Speaker of Loksabha, Speaker of Rajyasabha, ELECTION COMMISSIONER OF INDIA

Make Right to Vote mandatory

Hon'ble President of India Looking at the Voter turn out in Loksabha elections on 11th April, 2019 in constituencies like Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Malkajgiri where average voter turnout was between 39-42%. This is outright shameful thing in Democracy, All citizens of India should be held responsible for their Right to Vote and it should be made mandatory. Else penalize them for not participating in the process of elections. As Constitution of India has given its citizens NOTA (an option to reject all the contending persons) for that specific election process, be it Loksabha/Assembly/Legislative council/any other constitutional election process. Please make Right to vote a Mandatory constitutional duty of a Citizen, with an exception for  1)those in Armed forces, 2)those on Death bed(Coma, undergoing any surgery due to emergency) ,  3) NRIs should register with BLO that they will not be able to Vote while they are out of Country 4) Govt officials on Duty overseas. Also Make it mandatory for all citizens to register themselves in the state/City/Town/Assembly constituency/Village they are currently residing in within a month of change of residential address. This will ensure proper accounting of everything and Brings in Transparency to the government in policy Making.   Also link Voter card with Aadhaar cards to weed out duplicate voter IDs Regards, A responsible Citizen of India

Gokul M
26 supporters