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  Metros   Delhi  29 Mar 2019  Voting should be compulsory, say 85 per cent Indians

Voting should be compulsory, say 85 per cent Indians

THE ASIAN AGE. | SANJAY KAW
Published : Mar 29, 2019, 2:17 am IST
Updated : Mar 29, 2019, 2:17 am IST

As compared to other cities, only 62 per cent of the Delhiites exercise their franchise.

As many as 46 per cent Delhiites think that NOTA is not a good option as it does not bring out the purpose of voting. (Representational image)
 As many as 46 per cent Delhiites think that NOTA is not a good option as it does not bring out the purpose of voting. (Representational image)

NEW DELHI: A survey conducted by India’s highest rated news app Inshorts has revealed that people working in Delhi are the least to travel back to their hometowns for elections. As compared to other cities, only 62 per cent of the Delhiites exercise their franchise. As many as 46 per cent Delhiites think that NOTA is not a good option as it does not bring out the purpose of voting.

The survey showed that 85 per cent Indian voters want to make voting compulsory. As many as 45 per cent Indian voters reportedly would not be traveling back for elections if they are away from their hometown. And 26 per cent Indian voters do not research extensively before exercising their franchise.

Inshorts published the results of its ‘Pulse of the Nation’ survey on the outlook of young Indians in the upcoming general elections. The survey highlighted  that 24 per cent Indians were even doubtful of the authenticity of EVM. The survey conducted on the Inshorts app saw participation from over 2 lakh subscribers across the country in the month of March. The majority of participants were from Delhi/NCR, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, Hyderabad and Chennai. These typically represented urban millennials are aged between 18 to 35 years.

Commenting on the survey, Inshorts CEO Azhar Iqbal said: “The upcoming Lok Sabha elections have created a euphoria amongst urban Indian millennials. Gone are the days when casting votes was considered a burden, the overwhelming response of the survey throws light on how the perceptions about elections have changed. Nowadays, people are aware about their rights and consider casting votes a responsibility as citizens.”

Today, the power of digital is manifested in all aspects of our being. Asked if EVM is an authentic method to cast votes, 76 per cent of the survey respondents in India were in favour of it, however, 24 per cent still doubt its authenticity.

Over 46 per cent Indian voters think that option of NOTA (None of The Above) is not functioning well to bring out the purpose of voting. Lost votes have also been an issue witnessed in every election.

As high as 45 per cent of Indian voters in the survey cited that they will not be traveling back for elections if away from their home-towns. About 51 per cent of the voters residing in the National Capital Region as per the survey will not be going back to their home towns for elections.

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