Analysis of the 12th Parliament Election: Legitimacy, Participation and Controversy

Analysis of the 12th Parliament Election: Legitimacy, Participation and Controversy

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There were 119.6 million voters in the 12th parliamentary election. According to the government, 5 crore votes have been counted. The number of election booths is 2,61,564. A total of 191 votes were counted at each booth in 8 hours. An average of 24 votes were counted every hour at each booth. According to estimates, it takes 2.30 minutes to cast one vote.

According to estimates, it takes at least 2.30 to 3 minutes to cast one vote. Therefore, the time is right for counting of 42 percent votes. To cast such a large number of votes, voting must continue uninterrupted at every booth in a polling station across the country. Due to low turnout of voters in some areas, voters have to wait to cast their vote even after the stipulated time of eight hours to maintain the average estimate. As per electoral rules, counting of votes may continue to facilitate voters to cast their votes even after the scheduled time of voting.

No one claimed to have seen long queues or waiting for eight hours or beyond the stipulated time to cast vote at any polling station anywhere in the country. According to eyewitnesses, on an average not more than three to six people are usually seen voting at booths or polling stations. In some areas the average number of votes cast was 12. In most areas, common voters could not reach the polling booth after a certain period and cast their vote. He alleged that polling stations were captured and votes were cast illegally.

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