Concerned at voter apathy and their lack of participation in elections, Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath on Friday said adequate representation of people is a must for the survival of any democracy. Noting that 281 million eligible voters did not exercise their franchise in the 2009 general elections, he said this was “not a happy situation.”
“No democracy can survive without adequate representation of the people belonging to various sections of society. Democracy implies participatory governance and therefore elections are to be inclusive, including those with special needs,” he said at a two-day workshop on consultation with civil society organisations on “Inclusive voting and electoral participation” in association with the UNDP here.