Krishnan and I woke up early so we could reach the polling station early to cast our vote. We reached at 7.10 am and were able to vote by 7.45 am !! We had carried our voters ID card and the driving license as identity proof. Had already checked our names in the electoral rolls yesterday. We didn’t have the slip with our serial number, so the person at the entrance asked us to look for our names and serial number in the rolls. Found that and he handed over our slips. We thought we would be the first ones to be in queue but many people beat us to that. We were 15th in the queue and the process was quite painless.
The voters ID and serial number was checked off against the voters list, the returning officer put the indelible ink on our left forefinger and we went to the EVM and pressed the button against the party we wanted to vote for. Done. We were out in 20 minutes. Every polling station has video recording and lots of police presence.
While this was an educated set of voters, I wonder if it’s as painless in the interiors where political parties will have a bunch of thugs to force people to vote for their parties …. We have ofcourse come a long way in the whole process of voting. The names matched, the government website was easy to navigate and our ID returned the correct details. Also the corrections had been made. There were many first time voters as well as many last time voters … And a whole in between :).
We have come back very hopeful that things have become better and will continue to become even better … Just hope we get the right government in place to accelerate the growth. Our democratic duty of voting has been fulfilled, now we need to ensure the elected leaders do their job.
Jai Hind !