Democracy is the government of the people, for the people and by the people. A political power rests in the hands of the people who meet once in five years in India to elect new members of the Lok Sabha which forms the Central Cabinet and runs the Central Government. The party in power elects the Prime Minister who forms the Union Cabinet.
To elect the members of the Lok Sabha, people have to go to polling booths where they cast their votes. Only men and women of sound mind and above the age of 18 are entitled to cast their votes. Different parties put up their candidates and there are also independents in the field. People have to show their choice about the candidates. One, who gets the highest number of votes, wins. Similarly elections are held for State Assemblies, Municipal Committees and even for village Panchayats. The process of electioneering is the same in all cases.
Polling booths are put up where people go and cast their votes. The people can only vote in the areas to which they belong and where their names are registered as voters. The people who are entitled to vote stand in queues and the polling officers check up their names in the register. Then every voter is given a slip. On the slip, he marks a stamp against the name of some candidate whom he wants to elect. This finger is marked with indelible ink so that he or she does not come back for voting again.
With the voting slip in his hand, he goes to the tent where he is quite alone and puts the the box which is sealed so that nobody can temper with it. After putting his slip of paper in the box, he comes out and his work is over. He can do nothing for the next five years but simply fold his hands and see the elected candidates carry on their show in this political circus.