Understanding the Impact of Pressure Tactics on Elections

Dr. Anjali Nimbalkar

Understanding the Impact of Pressure Tactics on Elections

The use of pressure tactics during elections is a common occurrence in India. Candidates and political parties often resort to coercion, threats, and intimidation to influence voters and sway the election results in their favor. However, the use of such tactics can have a significant impact on the democratic process and undermine the credibility of the electoral system.

The recent events in Devlatti village of Khanapur Taluka, where voters were reportedly pressured to vote against Dr. Anjali Nimbalkar, highlight the need for a fair and transparent electoral process. The use of pressure tactics not only violates the rights of voters but also goes against the principles of democracy.

The impact of pressure tactics on elections can be seen in the lower voter turnout in areas where such tactics are prevalent. When voters are coerced into voting a particular way, it not only undermines the democratic process but also compromises the mandate of the people. Pressure tactics can also lead to an increase in electoral malpractices such as vote-buying, booth capturing, and bogus voting, further eroding the credibility of the electoral process.

To ensure a fair and transparent electoral process, it is crucial to address the issue of pressure tactics. The Election Commission of India should take strict measures to prevent the use of such tactics during elections. Political parties and candidates should also be held accountable for their actions, and any violation of the electoral code of conduct should be dealt with severely.

Furthermore, voters should be educated about their rights and the importance of a free and fair electoral process. They should be encouraged to report any instances of pressure tactics to the authorities and not succumb to such tactics. A vigilant and informed electorate is crucial to maintaining the integrity of the electoral process and ensuring that the mandate of the people is respected.

Pressure tactics during elections have a detrimental effect on the democratic process and compromise the mandate of the people. It is imperative to address this issue and ensure a fair and transparent electoral process to uphold the principles of democracy.