Your space:Vote and be counted; make leaders accountable, say Pune residents
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India, Oct. 20 -- However despaired one may be with the current state of affairs, not voting will not be a protest, but a passive surrender. It is a defeatist and an imprudent response. In an election, about 50% cast their vote and a candidate securing 1/3 of these 50% votes gets elected. Not voting as a protest makes absolutely no difference to the election where already 40%-50% disinterested citizens don't bother to vote. Elections are not just for political parties. If frustrated and angry, all such like-minded people and societies can come together and protest in a positive democratic manner by putting up a candidate from amongst them. They can educate voters by holding public debates, discourses, display banners and generate awarenes...
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