A Scene at An Election Booth

A Scene at An Election Booth :

India is a democratic republic. We elect our own representatives. Citizens of the country, who have attained major, have a right to elect their representatives.

Elections are held once in every five years. All citizens of 18 years and above, male and female, have the right to vote. A few days before the election, the various political parties carry on an intensive propaganda in favor of their candidates. Meetings are held, posters are pasted on walls and leaflets are distributed.

On the fixed day, people come to the polling booth to cast their votes for the candidate of their choice. There is a greet hustle and bustle there. Polling is held in a room or under the strict supervision of the polling officer-in-charge. There is an entrance and an exit for the voters. Every voter is given a blue paper. The voter puts a cross against the name of the person and the symbol of the party in whose favor he or she wants to caste vote. The paper is then folded and put into the sealed ballot box.

During the polling hours, the members of the different parties are seen busily engaged in bringing voters in taxis, cars, three wheels and tongas. They canvass and persuade them to cast votes in favor of their candidates. There is a long line of voters in front of the polling room. In the afternoon there is an interval after which polling starts again. Everybody is now anxious to cast vote before the time fixed for it. So there is a great rush at the booth.

In the evening, the sealed boxes are taken to the place of counting. The candidate who gets the majority of votes is declared elected. He is garlanded and taken in procession through main bazaars amidst great rejoicings.

A Scene at An Election Booth