Maximising youth voting ­­­ By: Parul Purwar


Table 2: Winning Candidates analysis over total votes polled Election Commission of India



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Table 2: Winning Candidates analysis over total votes polled Election Commission of India.

If we look at this table and then take a glance at the graph above we can see that many winners have only got the support of 10-30% people in their respective constituencies and thus in no way do they represent the majority.



Now that we have since the impact decrease in voter turnout has, let us look at the causes for voter apathy.
1.2 Main Problems, their scope and impact on the society
Reasons for voter apathy

The population of India as on 2011 was 1,210,193,422. [4]Out of this about one fifth are between 15-24 years. Approximately 240 million people, their importance is undeniable in the running of a country. Contrasting their demographic importance vis a vis political opinions is the revelation of the fact that the youth as a political community has not emerged. On various parameters the younger generation is still guided and follows the older generation. In politics there is nothing to unite or hold the youth vote bank. In other words the political choices of the youth are determined by factors other than age, caste and class. Analyses of voting pattern in various studies have shown that the youth do not have leanings towards any political party.

Locality, class and level of education and gender intersect with the variable of age creating a matrix which reflects diversity rather than uniformity of thought and action within the category of youth. In certain issues the youth can be further divided into two age segments, the younger group from 18-25 and the older from 26 to 33.



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