Bill for Compulsory Voting

Bill for Compulsory Voting

By Bhanu Joshi
Economic and Political Weekly, 27 December 2014

This article argues that the Gujarat government’s attempt to legislate compulsory voting in local body elections targets the wrong symptom and gives the wrong medicine. The dichotomy of not willing to constitute local governments on one hand, and then making voting compulsory to enhance participation on the other, is simply absurd and risks setting a dangerous precedence.

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