Low voter turnout in urban India; a challenge for policy makers?

    The voting process for the Delhi Legislative Assembly elections has concluded yet the dismal voter turnout has been the dampener.

    The total voter turnout at the end of the day is 57.06%.
    The people had the opportunity to exercise their franchise, but the lower turnout left much to be desired.

    A look at some of the reasons for this.

    First, it appears that politics in urban India is restricted to dinning table and coffee shop conversations and the urban voter doesn’t want to exercise the right available to decide the destiny of this nation through the ballot.

    Second, there appears to be a sense of disillusionment. Public apathy and fatigue factor that could have set in. Also, communal politics took centre stage, offering no debate on development politics. This has made the entire electoral process a joke and the urban voter probably didn’t want to participate in this process.

    The third reason could be the issue of tickets by political parties. The choice of candidates is something the voter, normally considers, before casting the vote. Candidates with serious criminal records, lack of vision and those who do not seek to serve the people are often given tickets. This also could be a reason for low voter turnouts.

    What can be done to improve the situation?

    It is up to the Election Commission of India to ensure that the quality of candidates is not below certain standards.

    The judiciary has been at the forefront of reforming the electoral process, despite reluctance shown by the political parties.

    Ultimately in a democracy, it is up to the people to change the fate of the electoral situation.