Friends, I wrote my first message on duties of a voter, as I believe that people should first discharge their duties and then talk of their rights. I hope you agree with me.
Right to vote means that every voter has a right to elect a representative of his or her choice. This right is absolute and should not be curtailed or denied by anybody under any circumstances. But policy of reservation has curtailed this right. The constituency where I vote has been reserved for SC/ST/OBC. Now I have to choose my representative from these communities only. There are good people belonging to non-reserved community but they can not contest the election and I can not exercise my vote in their favour.
To exercise my right to vote it is essential that my name should be in the voters list. Here again, due to inefficiency of EC officials and manipulation by politicians names of a large number of voters are made to disappear from voters list. Then bogus voting is yet another factor which violates my right to vote. Forcing not to vote by creating fear of violence in elections is yet another factor.
The Government and EC have a duty to ensure that people exercise their right to vote without any fear and in a free environment.