Voting is a fundamental right of every citizen but the fact that people on polling duty are unable to exercise their franchise is a matter of shame and should act as an eye-opener. A friend who is a teacher at a BMC school has been assigned polling duties on election day for several years now. He has been unable to vote for over a decade now. Similar is the case with police force who have to be on duty round the clock during elections. Thousands of people are involved in the polling process and their votes go waste as they are not able to exercise this basic fundamental right. Postal ballots is an available choice for these citizens but the procedure is cumbersome and most people don’t get into the hassle of running from pillar to post to make their vote count.
Electoral reforms for people on polling duty is the need of the hour. People who are on election duty should be allowed to vote in their ward or at any designated office after polling hours so that they too can have their say in the electoral process. We are living in the technological age and another option could be to vote like ‘PayTm’ technology where they can exercise their franchise through their registered cellphone and their vote can directly go to the candidates account whom they want to vote.
Other steps too can be undertaken so that every citizen of this country can vote at the time of election which is so very important in a democracy.
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)