Elections uphold values of democracy: Hamid Ansari

Former Vice-President Hamid Ansari on Saturday expressed concern over the “inefficient” functioning of institutions like Parliament when it came to holding the rulers of the day accountable.

Speaking at the launch of former Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla’s book Every Vote Counts-The Story of India’s Elections, Mr. Ansari said: “Democracy is all about certain values and institutions. Values are easily put across, that in periodical intervals the electorate elects the rulers. Over the decades we have polished that system and made it truly commendable.”

However, he said, the institutions — the elected bodies from which the actual rulers of the day emerged — were functioning “very inefficiently”.

The book launch followed a conversation between Mr. Chawla and N. Ram, Chairman of The Hindu Group of Publications.

Mr. Ram said the Election Commission had over the years adopted technology and innovation, particularly the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM).

On EVMs, Mr. Chawla said though controversy was sought to be created by losing candidates or parties periodically, he was convinced they could not be tampered with. He said all High Courts and the Supreme Court had upheld its use.


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