Democracy Not Enough
Morung Express Editorial | Feb 23
Amidst the pouring of appeal for free and fair elections, Nagaland on February 23, 2013 stood to the test of democracy as it voted to elect a new set of representatives and a government of the people. While the Election Commission of India has given out the statistics of high voter turnout and stating, like everyone else, about how peaceful the elections were, perhaps the ECI should also give its verdict whether free and fair election took place. In fact the focus of the ECI throughout this period was on conducting free and fair election.
Probably the ECI would be happy that “elections passed off by and large peacefully”. The quality of the process does not really matter it would seem. Everyone is happy that at least peace prevailed even if the principle of one man one vote did not succeed. In fact the ingenious Nagas have added new lexicons to electoral politics by indulging in creative ways of voting—one man as many vote, one village entire vote, one man one family vote, more cash most vote etc to name only a few.
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