Ahmedabad. Faking News Intelligence Group (FNIG), the research and analysis wing of Faking News, has come up with an electoral reform proposal that might just make the compulsory voting lucrative for common citizens, especially the poor. FNIG has submitted its report to the leading electoral reform activist Narendra Modi, which recommends paying money to all such Indian citizens who turn up to vote in any election.
In its report, FNIG has proposed that the concept of security deposit should be abolished, and all the candidates fighting an election should be asked to submit a non-refundable amount of money with the election commission. This non-refundable amount of money would depend upon the total number of eligible voters in that constituency. FNIG has suggested that the candidates should deposit ten rupees per eligible voter with the election commission.
For example, if the total number of eligible voters in Karol Bagh parliamentary constituency of Delhi is 12 lakhs, each candidate fighting to represent Karol Bagh in Lok Sabha will need to deposit 1.2 crore rupees (12 lakhs x 10 rupees) with the election commission. This amount of money will be paid from the central funds of the political party to which the candidate belongs, while the independent candidates would need to cough up the money from their own pockets.
Money collected through such means would be used to pay the voters who would come to the polling booths to cast their votes. Each voter will be paid his/her share of ten rupees that each candidate had deposited with the election commission. So if there are ten candidates fighting for Karol Bagh parliamentary seat, each voter will receive 100 rupees after he/she casts his/her vote.
The money left with the election commission due to those voters who didn’t turn up to vote would go towards arranging a post-election dance and dinner party, to which only those citizens would be invited who had turned up and voted. Katrina Kaif has promised Faking News to attend such parties.
FNIG believes that such a system would help address multiple challenges facing the Indian electoral system today.
Firstly, and primarily, it would create an incentive system for an ordinary Indian to vote, and hence the compulsory voting might just become voluntary voting.
Secondly, since the political parties and candidates would now need to spend money heavily on paying the common man, they would stop wasting money on hiring Katrina Kaif for political campaigns. It would also push them to look for innovative and transparent ways to raise funds for electioneering, such as wearing Pepsi T-Shirts while taking out political rallies.
And lastly, but most importantly, since each political party would now need to pay each eligible voter by default, they would be impelled to think of inclusive policies and ideologies. After all if you have paid money to a Muslim (or a Dalit or a Brahmin or a Bihari for that matter), you may as well start thinking how to get returns (votes) on that investment.
Narendra Modi has promised to give his reaction after going through our report.