It was seven years in the past that Siddharth S Nair voted for the final time. Which means he has been unable to maintain the promise he made to himself in 2009, that he would vote in each election as a result of voting, he believes, is an ethical responsibility.
“After I grew to become eligible to vote in 2006, I voted for the primary time in Kannur within the 2009 Lok Sabha elections. That day, I realised the facility of the vote,” he mentioned. He was diligent, too, about sticking to his promise and says that though he pursued greater research outdoors Kerala, he “bunked courses and got here to vote for the native physique and Kerala meeting polls in 2010 and 2011, respectively”.
However issues modified when his mother and father moved to Kochi in 2012 and he landed a job at an IT agency within the metropolis. Since then, Nair has not been in a position to vote as he could not take go away on voting day to go to his dwelling city, the place he’s nonetheless enrolled as a voter. As his private and professional commitments elevated, he discovered it more and more tough to journey 250 km “simply to vote”.
Nair represents a gaggle that may’t vote regardless of being in the identical state: there are tons of of such Malayali IT professionals who’re unable to journey and vote, thus including to the misplaced votes.
“I need to vote however circumstances aren’t in my favour at instances. Voting isn’t prime precedence now. But when I get an opportunity to vote in Kannur whereas sitting right here in Kochi, I’d love that,” he mentioned.
Nair considered transferring his vote to Kochi, however felt that may be impractical as ‘in the future’ he wish to return dwelling. However he believes know-how can resolve the issue. “We are able to implement safe, clear and foolproof techniques that allow voters to vote from anyplace on this planet. Many nations have that facility,” he mentioned.