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This website is a renovated website of Adyar Gopal Parivar. I am Dr. Mohan G Shenoy inviting you to visit the website to understand the many different families that form this Parivar.
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ELECTIONS AND OUR VOTING RIGHTS
By Mohan Shenoy
        The General Elections in India are scheduled to be held in April and in May. A lot of money is going to be spent for the Elections. It is a gigantic exercise involving a large number of security personnel and a big team of officials that would man different places where voting is held and votes are counted. The preparation involves first the notification of Elections and then receiving nominations of the candidates. After the nominations are accepted, the voters are asked to vote for the candidate of their choice from among the accepted nominations, on the voting days. The whole exercise lasts only about 70 days and at the end, a body of elected persons emerges.

        Only the candidates that do not belong to any party (Independents) are able to individually support any party that wishes to form the next government. The winning candidates that have stood on the tickets given by the political parties (Party members) are bound to support the party that wishes to form the government. Unless there is a simple majority which means that there are more than half the total number of members in a party, there will be need for different parties to come together to put together a simple majority to form a coalition government. More than one party forms the government in a coalition government.

        Any number of parties can come together to form a coalition government.The voters are listed in the voters' list. Only those in the list are allowed to enter the voting booths to cast their vote. Those citizens who are under 18 years of age are not included in the voters' list.

        If a citizen misses the election officials who come to the homes to include him or her in the voters' list and then does not try to get his or her name included in the voters' list will also not be able to vote. All others are theoretically permitted to cast their vote in the Elections.

        Yet, not all people whose names appear on the voters' list are able to vote since they might not be present at the place of their voting booths. Some of those that are physically absent from the place of their voting booths can cast their votes through postal ballots. This is done provided the voter is a government official or an army personnel engaged in some kind of essential duty at the place other than his voting booth location.
        Even then there are people who abstain from voting because they are either not interested or that they are unaware of the consequences of their failure to vote.

        In the past there were restrictions such as the exclusion of women from voters' list. At one time only the tax-payers were included in the voters' list. At other times only those who owned immovable property were permitted to vote. In some countries only those belonging to the religion of the state are allowed to vote. In India at present all women who have passed their 18th year of age are allowed to vote and citizens who do not own any immovable property are allowed to vote. No one is excluded from the voters' list on the basis of their religious belief.

        Every vote is counted while selecting the winning candidate. If we are particular that a certain party should form the next government at the Center then we should go to the voting booth and cast our vote to the candidate belonging to that particular party.

        Adyar Gopal Parivar requests the members to vote for the candidate belonging to the party that they wish comes to power in the next parliament.

        The numbers are important in an Election.

        The vote share is not important in our voting system. The vote share of a party may be bigger but itmay not have won the seats in proportion to its vote share.There is a mathematical explanation for this. It is not a fitful preference of the voters.

        In the above example you will see that the winner got 29,000 votes against 71,000 that were cast against him or in preference for other candidates. You can not consider any of the other candidates as winners. You can select only the winning candidate with only 29 percent of vote share as the choice of the electorate.

        Our voting system represents true democracy in a decentralized election process.  It is a liberal process to allow for multiple parties, multiple view-points, and multiple sources of political principles.
Concluded.
    Name of town     Total Electors     No. of Candidates                Votes             Percentages                 Votes cast against 
                                                                                                                                                                         the winning candidate

 Adyar Nagar                 1 lakh                        6                               1st 29,000             29%                                       71%

                                                                                                           2nd 28,000            28%                        The candidate who
                                                                                                                                                                           got only 29% vote
                                                                                                           3rd 22,000             22%                     share wins the election.

                                                                                                           4th 15,000             15%

                                                                                                           5th   9,000               9%

                                                                                                           6th   3,000               3%
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