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Should Election System be more like the Papal Conclave?
By Antony T D'Souza
Antony T D'Souza is the head of QA/QC Inspection and Training, QTPC, Doha. He has also served as lecturer of Sociology, St Aloysius College, Mangalore.

March 20, 2013


The papal elections took less than two days to elect a new leader for 1.2 billion people.

Indian and world election campaigns have been evolved, or devolved in to marathons. In America alone they are ultra-marathons far longer than in any other democracy in the world. Every citizens of each nation would agree with the propositions that elections are too expensive, that they impede sensible governance, that they devour the time and energy of officials on the taxpayers' payroll and that they have become more obnoxious.

In India, usually campaign is the period when the political parties put forward their candidates and arguments with which they hope to persuade people to vote for their candidates and parties. The official campaign lasts at least two weeks.  Once an election has been called, parties issue manifestos detailing the programmes they wish to implement if elected to government, the strengths of their leaders, and the failures of opposing parties and their leaders. Slogans are used to popularise and identify parties and issues, and pamphlets and posters distributed to the electorate. Rallies and meetings where the candidates try to persuade, cajole and enthuse supporters, and denigrate opponents, are held throughout the constituencies. Personal appeals and promises of reform are made, with candidates travelling the length and breadth of the constituency to try to influence as many potential supporters as possible. Party symbols abound, printed on posters and placards. Million question it that do you agree this kind of talkative, gossiping exercises are required? Does this exercise are educative or a futile exercise to waste tax payers money ? Our politicians alone would fly every destination by any available travelling machinery comfort of their choice. Therefore, by this twoweeks  election campaign along might cost double than all Asian countries elections cost put together.

However, with us there are tight legal limits on the amount of money a candidate can spend during the election campaign. In most LokSabha constituencies the limit as recently amended in December, 1997 is Rs 15,00,000/-, although in some States the limit is Rs 6,00,000/- (for VidhanSabha elections the highest limit is Rs 6,00,000/-, the lowest Rs 3,00,000/-). Although supporters of a candidate can spend as much as they like to help out with a campaign, they have to get written permission of the candidate, and whilst parties are allowed to spend as much money on campaigns as they want, recent Supreme Court judgements have said that, unless a political party can specifically account for money spent during the campaign, it will consider any activities as being funded by the candidates and counting towards their election expenses. Supreme Court guidelines are fair enough. However, at the end of the day it is candidate who has the  last laugh spending at his will.

Long elections are an anomaly in US history and internationally. Most democracies seem to have learned that campaigns bring out the worst in politicians so best to keep them short. In parliamentary systems, campaigns generally take four to six weeks. The last campaigns in the France and the UK took one month. Israel's last election began on 9 October, 2012 and the voting was held on 22 January. Canada's longest campaign ever lasted 74 days. In India the official campaign lasts at least two weeks from the drawing up of the list of nominated candidates, and officially ends 48 hours before polling closes.To have a look at the  American presidential campaign, season lasts 10 months, from the New Hampshire primary in early January to the voting on the first Tuesday in November. There is a legitimate argument about whether the cost of campaigns is as malevolent as the press assumes. The last presidential race cost something north of $5bn (£3.3bn) by most estimates. Some see the ads, emails and tweets this money funds as important expressions of free speech, signs of an engaged and argumentative democracy. They might add that $5bn is peanuts compared with the money spent advertising snack food, soda pop, beer or cars.

Yet the simplest fix of all, shortening the campaign season, has never been put on the table. Most democracies seem to have learned that campaigns bring out the worst in politicians, so best to keep them short. Therefore, it would be feasible if the world election system might need some kind of College of Cardinals to resurrect the older system as a better way of holding elections in a shortest time possible even at certain point might revive the lost money during the previous elections. Adopting to this suggestion physically could be little hard but it should be stop provoking – food for good thought.

 

 

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Dipa Nugraha, IndonesiaFriday, September 26, 2014
May I translate this article to Bahasa Indonesia and post it on my blog?
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Louis Maxim, KuwaitTuesday, May 13, 2014
Today exactly 1 year Congress came into power in Karnataka. Last year I wrote in Daijiworld that" since 1977 there haven't been same govt in Karnataka & at centre. When Janatha party was in centre Congress was in power at Karnataka.
When congress came to power in Centre Janatha Dal was in power in Karnataka.
When BJP was in power at centre congress was ruling in Karnataka. When congress ruled in centre BJP ruled in Karnataka.
Lastly now BJP or 3rd front will rule in centre and congress is already ruling in Karnataka.
Hope it's cear now? Single party cannot rule in centre and in Karnataka. Bcz Karnataka voters are clever than any Indian state.
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Dorothy D'Souza, MumbaiThursday, March 28, 2013
Very interesting article Cony bro...Papal election is won by God's Blessings, rule and promises whereas elections in our countries are more corrupted one's...thnx Cony bro and keep writing...God Bless...
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Rohan, Kayyar, BahrainMonday, March 25, 2013
Dear Sir very good and intresting article, keep it up always.....
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Munita Veigas, Jeppu/MangaloreMonday, March 25, 2013
Cony Uncle, It looks you achieved some sort of success with this most abstract, bragging topic by opening a minor debate rarely were seen in the past in this Special Column. More write-ups are demanding.
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Ren Fernandes, Mangalore/AbudhabiMonday, March 25, 2013
The Papal election is not an election but a close door ion of Pope at Cistine Chapel for throne of
St. Peter. There is neither ideology nor any economic policies for Pope. He is assigned to govern the church and its wealthy institutions in an authoritarian way, to propagate the strong faith and to spread Catholicism to the believers. Also he is not replaceable during his reign (except abdication). Replacement possible through death that too after barriel. So the Papal conclave suits to the Vatican where Pope is an absolute Monarch.

Election means festival of democracy. Political parties with their ideology and economic policies
Contest the elections. Winners with clear mandate or support are invited to Govern the State and
The winners with poor mandate will form the opposition. Also elected are limited for 4 to 5 years,
Then face election for the voter’s fresh mandate. Being the citizen of the world’s largest democracy
my bitterness and frustration in the electoral system is due to the bad practices in our political system
which hypnotize the poor illiterate to barter their votes against hard cash, alcohol, sariees , Television sets, Laptop Computers, food grains and not by reviewing merits of the candidate and economic policies of the political party. Many of them even don’t know that their vote can make the difference. Criminals, roughs, under world dons and goons are elected all over the country irrespective of political parties. There are no clear legal provisions in our democracy to raise the election campaigning funds which leads to the ramphent corruption.

Literacy, education and wise economic policies to eradicate poverty, fight against corruption will gradually make our democracy great.
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Lawrence, USAMonday, March 25, 2013
I think we do follow sort of "Papal Conclave Module" when electing the President of India. The author's suggestion to adopt such modules for other elections in order to bring down the expenses, prevent inducement, false promises etc., is a very good suggestion but a wishful thinking at this point. However, how to introduce such module for 1.2 billion people is to be further discussed. Perhaps, in future articles?

Being attuned to the political processes in India, I salute the author for his suggestion and subsequent clarifications.
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Dr. Leo Terrance P. Mirandha, Mangalore / JaipurSunday, March 24, 2013

Let me be constructive and objectivity while proceeding to comment:-

In your article ‘ right essence’ was well placed but at a glance it was difficult to understand. Perhaps you took every reader for granted and did not go deep in your subject assuming that all readers will follow your thoughts but not so. Therefore, some people misunderstood and started comparing with ‘Holy’ (papal voting) and ‘Dirty’ nature of politics with some reservations and hesitations. It is quite obvious. I feel people should have read your clarifications given, before writing their comment at first glance. However, you need not provide clarifications continuously although you are good at it.
While attempting such a difficult subject, you should have had good vision of your audience. However, after realizing rather late, you did it later by providing good clarification to each of those comments. You did some innovative or creative practice which I found first time in the special column, providing clarification on each negative query.

You stood to your ground and you took it as a debate. This shows your concern for the each reader and subject tile. Anyway, if debate of constructive nature condtineus, hope someday result will bear on the voting society. Best of Luck. I find found good psyche in the Daijrworld Managment, encouraging their writers and providing them a platform to exhibit their talents.
You proved reith to them and perhaps many more talents will follow hereafter. Jai Daijiworld.

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Lancelot Monteiro, MangaloreSunday, March 24, 2013
Very good and well thought article Cony sir. Keep writing and all the best.
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Rorita Fernandes, Koteshwar, BahrainSunday, March 24, 2013
Dear bro very interesting article to read..Congratulation & Wish you all the best.
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Simon Miranda, Kirem / BahrainSunday, March 24, 2013
This article should have been without comparing secular electoral system to the Holy Spirit inspired Papal Election Conclave.
As a matter of fact, it is not an election, so to speak, but an expression of good will that chooses a leader among equals, to lead the flock.
For India, first of all it needs freedom from a mind set that is self centered.Then all things will fall in place. I think Indian election system, its constitution is something we can all take pride in. India's diversity, and particularly the type of Unity in diversity is unparalleled in the world.
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Arun Danthy, Pernal/SurathkalSunday, March 24, 2013
Good article, Thought provoiking...Superb narration...
KEEP WRITING SIR...
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D'souza Arun Santhosh, Belthangady/DohaSaturday, March 23, 2013
Dear Antony Sir, Hats Off To You,On A Well Written Article. Intresting Thoughts. Indian Political System Does Require Drastic Changes To Ensure Only Credible And Non Corrupt Leaders Get Elected. May Your Article Serve As An Inspiration For The Policy Makers In India To Think In The Direction You Have Suggested..!!

Keep Writing..!!
May God Bless You..!!
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Arun , Doha, QatarSaturday, March 23, 2013
Your articles are always educational and this article is very interesting uncle....
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Antony T. D' Souza, Karkala / QatarSaturday, March 23, 2013
Dear Mr. Venzil, Nice of you,
Dear Fr. Vincent Thanks for your Blessing-encouragement that came in open.
Dear Mr. Dinesh Thanks for your appreciations from Delhi.
Dear Ms. Molly, appreciations to you, being cute and witty.
Dear Sir Dony (Budkullo) Thanks for your constructive comments
Dear Mr. Ronnie Lasrado from Mumbai for your objective comments.
Thanks to All, should few more to come.

Any writer does appreciates a word of encouragement equally from critical and positive strides.

Thanks to Sir Walter Nandalike for bequeathing this Special Space for my article for few days, a new comer. Please accept my gratitude and Thanks to your team.
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Mala Menezes, Mangalore/DubaiSaturday, March 23, 2013
Antony Cony, a good article. keep it up. but no way comparing with our Indian Govt.
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Ronald Lasrado, Kundapur/BombatySaturday, March 23, 2013
Good article sir, It has been written very convincingly, how a papal convlave should be a guiding spirit (as you said not physically or adopting it) to the world election body to the welfare of their citizens by not to waste their countries resources and time for campaign.
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J J Dias, shirthadyFriday, March 22, 2013
Antony cony sir very intersting article and the food for thought.If we compare to previous days the electoral process is much better in India.In democratic country like India it is not easy to choose a leader within two days but it can be guiding spirit.Let us think twice before we choose right candidate.
Thank you Antony cony sir for a good article keep writing God bless you
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Donald Pereira, Belthangady/MagaloreFriday, March 22, 2013
Wonderful thought and article by Mr. Anton Cony. This article has come out with good homework, statistics and concern for motherland. Tough things put in spectacular language. Congratulations Cony Sir.
When it comes to the matter, I feel Mr. Cony, who is a very good gentleman and humble person, has become emotional and motivated by the recent Papal Election. The view and concern is really and undoubtedly good, but it will not be apt when you see a larger issue (democracy in India) through the limited angle (Pope’s election). Where is democracy in Vatican?
When it comes to elections in democratic countries in the world including USA and India, it’s not ideal anyone wishing for elections to be completed in couple of days. I dont know to say about American elections, but in India, majority voters are not interested to cast their vote (main reason - most of them are irresponsible). People in India are hungry for freedom, rights, free services but when it comes to responsibility, duty and discipline they become dumb, deaf and blind. In such reality, it is necessary to awaken the voters and remind them to vote. When its been a practice since its inception in Indian Electoral system, that majority of educated and financially sound people keeping themselves away from voting, the remaining people (poor & ordinary citizens! - Aam Admi) become the attraction of political parties and candidates to woo. If every citizen votes on his/her own, I bet, majority of India’s problems will be wip
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molly d'souza, surathkalFriday, March 22, 2013
nice article by Cony. but politicians in India r deaf and dumb.they dont have brains(most of them)and those who have brains dont go to ploitics.so what more we can expect from them? but keep writing.
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Dr. Dinesh R. Rao, Delhi/MangaloreFriday, March 22, 2013
super write-up. brillient concept with a natural and original touch. turned to be good food for thought. huge comments are well versed with the article. I must appreciate your obseration power from papal conclave drawing near to karnatka assembly and next general election. implementing or not you have won with the article..may many more such ideas coup-up from you. God Bless such maintaining low profile persons like you.
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Fr.Vincent D'Souza, Bela-KasargodFriday, March 22, 2013
Dear Coni, good article,interesting, congratulations . God Bless you .
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Antony T. D' Souza, Karkala / QatarFriday, March 22, 2013
Dear Eugne Sir, I do perceive your thoughts fully agree with them. Further, you may read my ‘comments’ below just after Mr. Lancy Moras, Mr. John P. Saldhana. Intention was to provide some sort of enlightenment through a ‘papal conclave’ to be considered as a perfect ‘module’ and not to create new Indian Political Cardinals !! As you understand, somebody should be silly if he talks about adopting papal conclave impossible to imagine. However, if we follow this particular module/pattern, large amount of money and time could be saved and from further misguiding the voters through various forms of inducement. Can’t we reason it out / reflect that by this every politicians and voters ethos could be redefined.?
Dear Lancy Moras and John Saldhana Thanks for your valuable comments.
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Venzil Fernandes, Derebail, MangaloreFriday, March 22, 2013
Nice article sir..:)
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Eugene D'Souza, MoodubelleFriday, March 22, 2013
Thanks Mr. Antony DSouza for the food for thought. Your emphasis on the malaise of long period of campaigning and the amount of money spent in every election is amply justified. However, the model that you have suggested (Papal Conclave) for the formation of government in any country is not only impractical but goes against the ethos of democracy. It is high time that the election process has to be reformed and the use of unaccounted money in elections should be curbed. There has been many suggestions to weed out black money from elections such as state funding of elections, etc. The Election Commission of India has been doing good work in respect of limiting the campaign period, doing away with posters which earlier used to disfigure the faces of towns and cities and many other restrictions and limitations so as to make the electoral process more meaningful. All of us know that though Indian democracy and electoral process are imperfect, there is no alternative to democracy and democratic process. While saying that Papal Conclave can be adopted to political elections you have not suggested how the political 'cardinals' can be ed or elected who would form the 'conclave'.
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Lancy Moras, Moushmi CreationsThursday, March 21, 2013
Undeniably an eye opening article which is born from the brilliant brain of an intelligent Professor, a kindest mankind among us. This is needless to say an eye opening article for the marathon political elections held/hold/will be held round the earthly globe which truly wastes a hard earned money of a poor beggar even. Finally a unhealthy political hero will be elected and no fruit will be produced. Pope Francis is a true legend who was chosen in less than two days. This is a miracle that too in the 21st century.

Cony Baab, I had a severe reason for my delay in commenting on your Heavenly produced one and only exclusive article. You are very rare seen by way of comments or article and you suddenly appear with gold and diamonds. You have the countless blessing from God our Heavenly Father and you live on this earth according to His will and wish. A million praises on your this article is lesser than what you are blessed I say.

Take a bow Cony Baab and hats off to you and your splendid scribbling on daijiworld media.

I await to eye more and more of such kind of awesome articles from your esteemed priceless desk on this media in the future too.

God bless you and all of us.
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John P. Saldhana, Berlin/MangaloreThursday, March 21, 2013
Thank you Sir for your wide open clear clarification. It looks you are suggestion holds good for Papal Conclave can be a guiding spirit, measuring rod for worldwide electoral system. It saves so much energy, time, corruption etc., that you have deliberated therein. Good Luck Sir if the electoral body there thinking about your suggestion. Go for great shots !!
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Antony T. D' Souza, Karkala / QatarThursday, March 21, 2013
I thank everybody including who could not complete reading due to some odd comparison between Popal Conclave and Political conclave. Thanks for your valuable comments and feedback. All of us are aware that they are two separate entities can never be imitated by each other. However, my point was not about adopting or copying Physically the Popal Conclave System but to follow as a pattern , a role model to save huge money and time being rotten. I had given plenty of examples there where money is thrown wide open for no obvious reason at all. Hence my purpose of article was about to cut down the election campaigning days from 2 weeks to 1 week.
Don’t you think that if we or world heed to Popal Conclave pattern, will we not achieve following blessings in disguise ?
1. Will stop accusations , counter accusations, lies, hate, revenge deadly attacks and deaths ?
2. Does it not limit persuading, cajole and enthuse supporters, and denigrate opponents ?
3. Will it not save money from wild rides by land, sea and air at the cost of taxpayers money ?
4. Does it not limit to certain extent playing with rice price, false promises, job solutions, inducing ladies with saries and men with alcohol and who Knows how many similar tricks are at their disposal for rich ladies and men and their chelas for to be induced !!. In future even they might promise ‘Visa’ per family. Yes we have been taken by their ride so ridiculously that we even might trust them to steal our valuable votes.
5. Will it not win wars on ethics and morality of voters ? Sure there are many more advantages you may name them one by one.
Since some readers like Dr. Edward Nazareth (world renowned writer) and Mr. Ismail have taken up the online voting issue and sure to be somehow someday. However, at critical hour, ONline voting some time might lead to NOlines are available for voting. I am just a bit sarcastic about it. Please take it easy Sirs. There are plenty of advantages and disadvantages too. Online voting is fast and convenient to every voters including people out of land and out of reach. Using electronic voting saves money from reducing the personnel expense for example, expense for location management and administration fee. Go green saving the paper by using online voting. Tally speed. By clicking just a small button can summit your voting to the system, it us much faster than the traditional ballot counting method operated by people. However,
Disadvantages: Despite the particular advantages to electronic /online voting system, electronic voting has arguments about security issue and the unequal access chance to the internet are the main drawbacks to the system. Secondly, vulnerable to security the security issue is the main drawback of the electronic voting system. The attacks might be happened from the webpage, network, to the extent of server’s database. Virus The server can be easily protected from the attack of virus by using some specific kinds of operati
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Mark, UdyavaraThursday, March 21, 2013
Nice article. But the intent is just an "impossible dream" and fairy tale to Indian election ethos.

It is like saying to pick a grain mingled in muck! Besides soiling yourself in quest, you may have to loose yourself, in pursuit.

Conclave is a heavenly stuff!
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Hilary Tellis, kuntalpadi, karkalaThursday, March 21, 2013
Dear Cony, Very interesting article to read, Papal election took less then two days to elect a new leader for 1.2 billion people. But there no question of comparison in Papal conclave with election system of democratic countries like India or America. In Papal election few Cardinals voting and electing a Pope in behalf of 1.2 billion people. In democratic country like India, people electing their leader, they casting their individual votes, so once in a while (election time) candidates show their face to the public, use their mussel and money power. And voter recognize his candidate only at Election time. Defiantly it costs money and time.
In Papal Conclave how many are casting their votes and who are they?
They are Spiritual and educated qualified cardinals electing a leader for 1.2 billion people. Yes it took very shot time, less then two days. But in a democratic country like India it is impossible. In couple of years we may expect some improvements like online voting system, restriction in candidates spending etc. But election like Papal Conclave is impossible.
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Kevin Misquith, Surathkal/MangaloreThursday, March 21, 2013
Nice article sir, the election system in India is comparatively much better when compared to other countries, nevertheless there should be more revolutionary changes in the future to ensure a more effective electoral process.
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Preethi, Thursday, March 21, 2013
Comparing papal conclave with Indian Election... What an Idea Sir Ji...!!! How much this can be applied to Indian system to change the minds of corrupted politicians who bribe people to vote them. Who will do the changes? Its an important question to be solved.
Every Indian absolutely agree with your article points.

These thoughts of yours show the Real Concern and Care for India and Indians although you are in Abroad.
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ad, mangloorThursday, March 21, 2013
Politics and Religion are two different dimensions for governance. But, politics and religion in todays scenario are for the better or worst can not be isolated. US politics, lobbying and spending are not democracy at all. Arm twisting, political bashing and ugly personal attacks are all political bombshells destroying and character assassinations to say the least. Indians politics if one may say are much better but not without flaws. Too many parties and too many expectations and corrupt affairs inclusive of some religious leaning.
Papal conclave again a secret voting with divine help to choose the head of an organized religion serving 1.2 billion followers. Can one compare to one another, a nations governance verses religious governance, I would say- no comparison and no similarities.
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Lawrence, USAThursday, March 21, 2013
The electoral process in India is one of the best in the world, even though it is not technologically advanced.We cannot compare this process with Vatican as the Cardinals are not elected representatives. After all, there are only 120 Cardinals electing the Pope in closely guarded secrecy with no room for any challenges. The Vatican election is influenced by Holy Spirit and whereas, Indian elections are unfortunately influenced by just the "Spirits" to certain extent.
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Mehamoud A. Karim , Ullal/MangaloreThursday, March 21, 2013
We require a mild debate. Article has come out timely. Debate
agenda could be, "Election campaign should be completed within one week to save cores of money wasted in the coming week" .
Hope our debated views might be be partially incorporated into next assembly election and also during the National elections.
All of us are aware that Daijworld is a forum is coastal's voice, voice of the voiceless where no department can ignore its powerful inputs. As we see there, it has good talented writers too. On this topic although Mr D souza is in Qatar, I could read motto/vision of his article is 'save money, save election'. Let us pray if implemented, all of us could be delivered from hell of election irregularities. Therefore,we can open up the debate here with active participation of local forum thinkers and of course we ourselves are no longer are ordinary thinkers

There is a suggestion here from one party here about ONline voting. This is India Sir, India our insiders, IT experts could change the whole scenario 'form of ONline pattern to form of NOlines are available for voting'. Since, Mr Ismail K. Pernije talks about the debate let us be quick to respond. sure to bear much fruits. Thanks to Mr. Antony's initiate as I should say
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kannadiga, mangalore/dubaiWednesday, March 20, 2013
Mr. Antony sits in Doha/Qatar and writes about elections system in India. Billion plus population and when we are in India we have no time to think of this....after all nice articles and thinkings will change the system ...Anna Hajare trying to change for the last few years and mere articles.....JAI HO....
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ISMAIL.K.PERINJE, PERINJE-YANBU/KSAWednesday, March 20, 2013
Dear Anthony Souza sir,indeed your's thinking about election and campaign reforms are food for thought.In earlier days campaigning for Indian elections(PRE-SHESHAN EC era)were indeed expensive and long process.It was brought to 15 days with so many reviews/reforms.Election campaign expenses stipulated by EC for respective Assembly or MP constituencies are in papers only!Indeed there are room for reforms in conducting elections to for HOLY HOUSES(Parliament/Assembly)in India and your thought with regarding to election campaign/election reforms would be debatable subject.Importantly, the timing of your article is timely as KARNATAKA ASSEMBLY ELECTION DATE WAS D.
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linet Noronha, MumbaiWednesday, March 20, 2013
Nice article from Antony Cony sir, Hats off to u for the good message about the election system,,hope it helps for the future system of election..
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praveen fernandes, gangolli/israelWednesday, March 20, 2013
very nice and awesome article by you dear ANTONY.. you are so genious.. i always wishing you all the best with blessings of god.. have a blessed life ahead.. :)
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Willie, Mangalore/MuscatWednesday, March 20, 2013
Comparing Heaven with Hell ?
Please dont do this
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Reema , BahrainWednesday, March 20, 2013
Nice article Antony Sir......
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Benet Navitha Moras, Mangalore, KuwaitWednesday, March 20, 2013
The papal elections took less than two days to elect a new leader for 1.2bn people....2020 India will have super voting facilities....i hope so
Modern India is facing international and domestic terrorism, economic depression, price inflation and the loss of moral backbone among most of its politicians. For its survival, India will have to reappraise the process of its government. A presidential system, preferably an Indian model somewhere between the French and American system, might work best. Actually, in the early years of independent India, Clement Attlee proposed the presidential system of the United States as a model. Unfortunately, Nehru rejected it – ironically out of his Anglophilic delusion that the "British system was the only real one for democracies".

The parliamentary system means the party system. In a general election in India, usually, there are more than 100 parties with several thousands candidates involved. Most political parties are engaged in an unseemly scramble for power – the perks of which can be a means of amassing illegitimate wealth – rather than good governance. With the needs and demands of one sixth of humanity to be met, India must have a democracy that delivers progress for its people. A presidential system may be the best way of ensuring a democracy that works.
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A. S. Mathew, U.S.A.Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Very interesting article to draw attention to an hidden but a very urgent issue. President Franklin
D. Rossevelt said " America is the citadel of democracy". Now, he will define "American elections are nothing but a dollar game". While the U.S. population is leaning on food stamps (46.6 million people) how much money was spent by both parties for the last election, over 2 (around 11000 crore RS)billion dollars.
Those people donated by the millions will get jobs as Ambassadors and other favours from the government. The so called democratic elections are nothing but the dirty game of money.
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Dr. Edward Nazareth, MangaloreWednesday, March 20, 2013
Nice article...some food for thoughts.
It was T.N.Sheshan who brought lot of changes in the election campaign. We hardly see buntings and posters as were seen earlier...hope some changes will come in future like online voting...
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Vivian Tauro, Puttur/ DohaWednesday, March 20, 2013
Interesting and good article dear Antony Cony, Keep it up ....
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CGS, MangaloreWednesday, March 20, 2013
We need people like Antony Cony in our election system to clean up the present system. I wish UPA Govt would seriously consider Antony Cony's innovative idea and offer him a suitable berth in its Cabinet.
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Vivek Kumar , Paldane /Mangalore Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Roshan, Donald..this topic is a bit vast and unusual to copy from Vatican. We Indians have self esteem and we know be of our own. Vatican can be only 'module' to look into. Democracy means not of the Politicians, for the Politicians and by the Politicians on the contrary it for the of, by and for the people. Election time is the perfect time where politicians will bend to them. They should not be allowed to exploit time or money to buy the votes. I think so this is the essense of the article. It is good to be open minded to learn only some ideas from the Papal conclave and not be considered physical excercise.
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vivian F, dubaiWednesday, March 20, 2013
Nice Thoughts Cony sir.. But in this democratic country its very diffuclt to implement that system because of politics they will not allow or agree with this.
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Glany Fernandes, Mangalore / DubaiWednesday, March 20, 2013
Good write up about elections and its consequences. Very nicely you brought up Papal Conclave to compare today's election system. What a waste we people do to choose a false leader, who is just behind power and wealth, where as the worlds biggest religion leader is chosen in a very simple way. Eye opening article.
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Vivek Monteiro, Mangalore / DohaWednesday, March 20, 2013
Good Article Cony Sir.
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Donald Roche, Mangalore/RuzaiWednesday, March 20, 2013
It is better to copy or follow good things in our life.
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Roshan, MangaloreWednesday, March 20, 2013
We are in a democratic country. The success of depends on the participation of citizens. It is foolishness to blame only politicians for the failure of democracy. In fact democracy is the most approved system in the world and India has a world's largest democracy. The Cardinals may have elected Pope within few days with less expenditure. But all Catholics did not vote for his ion. Because,there is no democracy. Therefore, Pope's ion is also an incomplete process.
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anita britto, Mangalore/AucklandWednesday, March 20, 2013
Very interesting perspective and most certainly something worth considering. Shocking amount of money spent on all the campaigning and false promises.

Very informative with all the facts you have provided.Would love to see this money used to provide basic amenities to so many instead.
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R.Lewis, Mangalore/BahrainWednesday, March 20, 2013
Very good article dear Antony D'souza, contents are much appreciate, keep it up always......
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Ralph A. Pinto, Mumbai/wadalaWednesday, March 20, 2013
As Mr. Ajith and Nebbie pointed out there is a point of concern present election campaign time should be curtailed by half, two weeks to one week. More time is given More false promises will be adored for futile reasons. Good writing, given some guidelines how and why short and sweet election procedures should be held. Best of Luck to Mr. Antony Souza for he has attempted to research something new.
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Wilson Saldanha, Shirthady/KuwaitWednesday, March 20, 2013
Nice thought Mr. Antony. During Papal campaign/elections black and white smoke appears whereas during our Parliament and Assembly elections, fire comes out burning daily life of many. Keep up writing and good luck.
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Ajith Peter Dsouza, Udupi/DubaiWednesday, March 20, 2013
Nice article. Wonderful thoughts and insights peeping through the lines of article sheds ample light on electoral procedure and prevalent practices in various countries. A compact article with a wide scope to awaken a new thought which can take our elections in a new dimension.
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Nibbie George, MangaloreWednesday, March 20, 2013
It is a true innovative suggestion requires ardent desire for change from all the parties concerned to stop misusing of the tax payers money.

During the ruling period by any political parties, citizens are in a position to decide to whom to vote and whom to not. It is waste of time round the corner trips by useless politicians going by helicopters far and wide for bluffing with more lies with the remote villages. Some time they perform NAKRA of sari distribution, alcohol, low cost rice etc., etc., MY CONCLUSION IS MORE TIME IS GIVEN MORE FALSE PROMISES ARE DISTRIBUTED TO THE MASSES SHOULD BE STOPPED. ELECTIONS SHOULD BE QUICK AND FAIR LIKE FOR EXAMPLE set by the Writer, PAPAL CONCLAVE...
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