Former chief election commissioner James Lyngdoh on Tuesday said that citizens must vote in large numbers and elect a stable government so that the nation is not financially burdened by frequent elections. Citizens must do away with apathy about elections and exercise their right to vote. This will ensure a single party,stable government,which is a sign of development. India cannot afford recurrent elections to find a stable government, the former CEC said. Lyngdoh was addressing students of MIT School of Government (MITSOG) on Monday.
Regional parties ignore national cause and press for development work concerning their vote bank. The ruling party has to bow down to this pressure. Instead,a government chosen by majority will be able to strike a balance between national and regional development, he said. Lyngdoh said increasing importance of regional parties in national political scenario,is raising the risk of frequent elections.
He further said that there is a need of awareness about elections on government and individual level. Whenever a community expresses support towards a party,it is for their own vested emotional,intellectual and financial interests,he added. However,with all political parties performing at the same level,the public has ceased to be loyal to a particular political party. Citizens are tired of frequent elections and try to vote for a stable government. The money spent in conducting elections is spent from the citizens’ pockets, he pointed out.
Although the election commission is independent of politics and is striving hard for free and fair elections,political parties are constantly finding loopholes in law,he opined. After his talk,he elaborately answered questions from the audience.