May 5, 2008 @ 9:52 pm
The election commission seems to be working over-time to ensure that the forthcoming elections are “free and fair”.
The following two articles in the ToI suggest so:
Voting to be caught on Camera
To ensure fair election, the district administration has embarked on a novel way of deploying cameramen at poll booths on May 10.
Instead of a small mark dabbed on the index finger, this time there will a straight line from the top of the nail to the bottom, and beyond.
At least, they are initiatives of some sort you might say. The cynic inside of course refuses to believe that this is going to be of much help. When security guards at polling stations can collude with party candidates, there is little reason for that camera to work properly in an election booth. Similarly, there is little or almost zero reason for longer voting marks to be indelible.
JD (S) has released a 16 page manifesto and is using the smaller size of its booklet to its advantage. Deve Gowda proclaimed that the reason why their manifesto is smaller is because they are offering only real and possible promises. Promises which they can meet. He lashed out at the Congress and BJP (who have more than 50 pages in their manifestos), stating that those pages are filled with false hopes and cannot be achieved. What an idea, I say to myself. Even the number of pages of your manifesto can be used to achieve voter attention.
What next? The font-type may be used to reflect a secular ideology? Or maybe a stable government?
We might have some party leader saying, “no Times New Roman font has been used in our manifesto, since the name itself reflects an empire was bureaucratic and ultimately was destroyed. We, instead, have used Wingdings. Completely nonsensical, but looks good enough.”
Possible eh? Enjoy.