Sunday, May 17, 2009

Keep your distance

Early last week, the city saw signs like this one being painted on certain roads. These are indeed common enough signs during the election time, but this year, they seemed to have 'doubled' - during the earlier elections, the signs had said '100 m' only, but this time, they had gone all the way up to 200 m.

With about 700 million people across the country being eligible to vote in the just-concluded parliamentary elections, the process of the vote is indeed quite complex - in some sense, it is the pinnacle of organization, with almost every eventuality being considered. One such eventuality is the possibility of 'last metre influence'; therefore, political parties are not allowed to have their voter helpdesks, or any posters, handbills or any other promotional material within the specified distance from a polling booth.

Yet, there seems to have been some gaps. Although the Election Commission of India was clear that the sanitized zone extended up to 200m, the Tamil Nadu Government was still advising the police about a 100m zone!


Lowell said...

Politicians and bureaucrats always strive to put up limits - some of which are good - but too often they haven't a clue as to why the limits or the consequences of the limits.

We need to elect people who do not wish to control our lives but help us live our lives in peace and prosperity.

As if that'll ever happen.

Hilda said...

Ugh, don't remind me. We're having our national elections next year and this early, I'm already dreading it!

LVISS said...


Shantaram said...

@ Jacob: "Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those others" - Winston Churchill. So true!

@ Hilda: Has the campaigning started already?

@ lviss: From the politicians, you mean, not the voting booths, surely?