Compulsory voting not practical for India: CEC Nasim Zaidi

He said that the country’s voter population was the biggest hurdle in implementing compulsory voting.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: October 20, 2016 1:57 am
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Compulsory voting is not practical for a country like India, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Nasim Zaidi said in the capital Wednesday, months after the government had rejected the demand in Parliament.

However, Zaidi, who was addressing an international conference on voter education that was attended by representatives of 27 countries, said the Election Commission is still open to hearing the experiences and views of other countries on compulsory voting.

“Issue of compulsory voting as prevalent in some countries has been a matter of discussion earlier. We found the idea not so practical. But we will like to hear others,” he said.

Later, he told reporters that the country’s voter population was the biggest hurdle in implementing compulsory voting. “We have 85 crore voters. What if 30 crore out of them don’t turn up to vote, how do we deal with them?” he asked.

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    Feb 5, 2017 at 7:21 am
    Restrict those who dont vote in the next election.
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      ehe aha
      Oct 20, 2016 at 12:50 am
      clamp down the show of financial and muscle power for political campaigners . . . . the EC shall give basic analysis of negative points like big ticket corruption, criminality, inaction and public money inappropriation, killing of RTI activists and bureaucratic corruption and inefficiency and other negative points of all the previous parties and candidates . . .. then only low budget good parties or candidates can compete . . .and this will make many people confident to ess candidates. Voting will automatically increase.