post-poll awareness campaign
post-poll awareness campaign

The need for a post-poll awareness campaign

The 17th Lok Sabha election of India is successfully over.  Electorates have chosen 543 parliamentarians as their representatives.  The Election Commission of India, political parties and NGO’s conducted several pre-poll awareness campaigns. 

These campaigns incited more and more people to use their right to franchise.  Today, India has a stable government with full majority, thanks to its conscious voters.

However, only voting to choose suitable representatives is not enough.  We can do something more to create a healthy and democratic relationship with our representative.

Common people think that parliamentarians hold a high position of the democratic system.   They are hesitant to communicate with their representative.  Such tendency needs to be changed.

 

 

So, what can we do after we have selected our representatives?  We can e-mail or write a letter of congratulation, expectation and appreciation. 

In the letter or e-mail, we can congratulate them for their victory.  Besides, we can put forward our views on the issues of our constituency.  These issues may relate to unemployment, road condition, water crisis, pollution, the development of the region and many more. 

We can also suggest solutions that may be helpful to resolve such issues.  We can appreciate them for their developmental work done in the constituency.

Through this activity, a message goes that voters are observing the work of their representatives.  Representatives, too, feel that voters are attentively listening to them and their work is being appreciated.

Most of the representatives are active on social media platforms as well.  We can also communicate through this medium. 

Time has come to maintain a fearless communication between voters and representatives.  And by adopting this method, we can do it.  In this way, we will also contribute to the development of a strong democracy in our country.

Inspired by the article written by Nikhil Bhandare published in The Better India

Manisha Kumari

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