New Delhi. Soon after announcing 9 phase Lok Sabha elections schedule, Election Commission of India has requested people not to forget whom they voted for by the time of election results.
“We know that the duration is quite long. I mean long enough for people who will be voting in first phase to forget about their choice of candidate by time of results. That’s why we are advising people to note it down somewhere so that they don’t get confused on result day,” explained Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath.
“We don’t want them cribbing on the results day that they voted for party X, but party Y won, and thus alleging rigging of the EVMs,” added Mr. Sampath.
Experts are afraid that if appropriate measures are not taken by people, country may witness one the most confused election results day in the history of democracy.
Election Commission has even promised for an emergency helpline number on the results day. “On 16th May, people who would be completely clueless about their candidate selection can call and ask name of party whom they voted for,” said an EC official, “Yes, it violates the secret ballot process, but we don’t want problems thereafter.”
However, many people with weak memories are seeing this prolonged election process as a blessing in disguise. “I will celebrate for the winning party, assuming that I had voted for them,” quipped 70-year-old Madan Khurana, a Delhiite, who will be voting in the first phase.
But surprisingly, most of the political parties are not worried at all.
“The most important thing is to vote. So what if they forget whom they voted for. Even we forget lofty promises that we make during campaigns. There is nothing wrong in this,” said RJD chief Lalu Yadav, motivating people with weak memories, “Do your work without worrying for fruits. Neki kar dariya mein daal.”
Meanwhile, our Congress sources have confirmed that Rahul Gandhi, who will be voting in first phase is planning to write his choice on a piece of paper and hide it in a secret vault, to tear the paper later and call it a “complete nonsense”.