POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Dec 22, 2009 AT 03:15 IST ,  Edited At: Dec 22, 2009 04:31 IST

 ...is that it criminalises non-voting, argues Pratap Bhanu Mehta in the Indian Express:

Whatever one’s views on the duty and right to vote, there is something deeply problematic about punishing non-voting. On merely practical grounds it is likely to give the state immense powers of harassment. It is a deeply democratic value to worry about state intrusion in our lives. One is not reassured by the fact that Gujarat government officials have been quoted as saying that one of the penalties under discussion is denying BPL cards to those who do not vote. Not having prescribed punishment as part of the legislation but making that part of the rules is itself an odd interpretation of democracy. It is not an accident that most of the countries that have compulsory voting have to desist from enforcing penalties. It will also be interesting to see how lists for local government elections are created and used. One unintended consequence of this drive may be to reduce the incentives to have your name included in a voting list.

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Also See: A 'Disciplined' Democracy?

POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Dec 22, 2009 AT 03:15 IST ,  Edited At: Dec 22, 2009 04:31 IST
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12/D-17
Dec 29, 2009
12:22 PM
Kumar,

A DEMOCRACY is BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE AND FROM THE PEOPLE.

The representatives must be elected by the PEOPLE.

And NOT nominated.

May sound very basic, but there are anti-male groups ( under the cover of media propaganda ), that will subvert anything that is just and decent, only to ensure that ANTI-MALES always have the upper hand, with least of EFFORT.

WAKE UP, MALES! SPEAK UP!
Partha persistent spammer
chennai, India
11/D-3
Dec 28, 2009
01:39 AM
compulsory voting is good point for democracy ...but in India it cant be...may be outside..

methodology of voting is different in present India, if the system of elections execute voting in various options may give good results! this all cant be possible right now compulsory voting may not be...
kumar
hyderabad, India
10/D-46
Dec 27, 2009
09:23 PM
Partha persistent spammer,

>> If YOU think this is undemocratic, wait until you see the 33% reservation ( for women only ) BIll!
>> This is not only undemocratic, but treats males like pieces of Sh*t.

Women constitute about 50% of population. So, what is wrong if they occupy 33% of seats?
Kumar
Bangalore, India
9/D-33
Dec 27, 2009
11:23 AM
If YOU think this is undemocratic, wait until you see the 33% reservation ( for women only ) BIll!

This is not only undemocratic, but treats males like pieces of Sh*t.

WAKE UP, MALES! SPEAK UP!
Partha persistent spammer
chennai, India
8/D-17
Dec 26, 2009
07:07 AM
Doing one's civic duty is great but what if none of the candidates are suitable to the voter??
The only option leaves the voter with the lesser of the evils. If voters are required to vote, then they must be allowed the option of "none" or "other" or some such suitable preference.
Bodh
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