Terming the high voting percentage in the recent Lok Sabha elections as a good sign for Indian democracy, former Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi today stressed the need for educating voters to come out to exercise their franchise in large numbers.
"India is the biggest democracy in the world. In a democracy, it is important that voters come out to cast their franchise in large numbers. If the voter turnout is low, it tends to put a question mark on the legitimacy of the elections," Mr Quraishi said after unveiling 'India Elects- 2014', a comparative analysis of General elections Results of India: 2009-2014 here.
Mr Quraishi said in a democracy like India, it important to educate voters about the election processes.
"India is the biggest democracy in the World. The number of voters in the country alone is more than the population of 20 countries put together. It is important that people are able to understand the complexities of elections and its processes," the former CEC said.
In this context, he stressed on the need to initiate youth into the electoral process.
"There is a need to educate youth, which constitute 65 million voters in the country, to come out and vote in large numbers," he said.
Talking about the book, brought out by Electionsinindia.com - a portal disseminating election-related insights and analysis, Dr R K Thukral, director of Datanet India, which owns Electionsindia.com and 720 websites disseminating date about India, its sectors, regions, states and districts, said," The book makes a comparative analysis of the 2009 and the 2014 general elections with the aid of maps, graphs and statistics, to reveal interesting highlights and insights."
For example, it reveals that India's electorate is bigger than the combined population of the US and western Europe. It also reveals that in 2014, the number of male candidates was 91.8 per cent of the total, down from 93 per cent in 2009 while there was increase in the percentage of female candidates, from 6.9 per cent in 2009 to 8.1 per cent in 2014.
The NDA secured 38.59 per cent votes in 2014 compared to 24.62 per cent in 2009 while the UPA secured 23 per cent votes in 2014 as against 36.7 per cent in 2009.
The BJP secured 31 per cent votes in 2014 compared to 18.8 per cent in 2009 while the Congress secured 19.11 per cent votes in 2014 compared to 28.55 per cent in 2009.
Out of minority dominated seats, those won by the Congress fell from 68 in 2009 to 25 in 2014 while that won by the BJP increased from 32 in 2009 to 72 in 2014. UNI AR SV 1640 NNNN
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