The Election Conundrum

The Election Conundrum

Sahithi Ravipati | Apr 17, 2018

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Student Activity Center(SAC). For many people, the duration of their college lives revolves around these three words. When it holds such prominence in student’s lives, it only makes senses to have the best elected represntatives who would be in charge of the proceedings at the centre. The SAC elections should hence be by the people, for the people, and of the people. Unfortunately, that isn’t something that always happens.   

At this time of the year, it becomes imperative to ask

How responsibly do you vote for SAC Elections?

When Team MM asked the NITR student junta this question, a mixed set of responses were received.

A majority of 48.25% of the people have said

Information on the candidates and their plans are not easily available. I am unable to vote responsibly and only vote for the persons I know.

Many times, the only information that we receive about the candidates is their name and their picture. It is very rare that we get an insight into who they actually are and what their previous experiences have had before. No manifestos or future plans are released by the candidates. This way, we do not know who is actually deserving of the post. Owing to this, we find ourselves voting for people that we know, names that we have heard before or just vote for who our friends are voting for. This hurts the entire election process as the deserved don’t always win when such a random process happens.

A large chunk of the student junta, 31%, has said that

I consider all the pros and cons of the candidates before I vote.

The ideal situation would be the entire student body voting in this manner. On weighing out the pros and cons of each and every candidate, the voters would aptly be able to decide who the correct person for the job is. Unfortunately, this isn’t always feasible as no one knows each and every one of the candidates on a personal basis. To help improve the process, forums like Soapbox can be brought in where each candidate would share exactly what it is that they will be standing for and how they will get it done. In addition to just staring the forum, students should be enthusiastic enough to turn up to such forums and ask questions.

Finally, a dismal 21% said

I do not care about SAC Elections and hence vote for random people.

As in any other case, there was a section of the student populace that was indifferent to the entire process. This sect of people represents those who are apathetic to the entire election process as a whole.

It makes no sense to complain that the SAC elected body isn’t efficient six months down the lane. That is why it is important to remember that with great power comes great responsibility. Every single member of the student junta has the power to cast their own vote. So, we need to be responsible and judicious in order to ensure that SAC functions to the best of its abilities.

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