Tribute to democracy in India and South Africa

Bangalore votingI couldn’t let these two elections pass without marking them in some way.

A couple of weeks ago I needed to arrange an appointment with a colleague in South Africa. “I can’t do the 7th”, he said, “it’s our Voting Day”. I like that. A special public holiday was declared, to let everyone vote. Great. And turnout was 81%. 18.4 million people voting in the first “Born Free” election.

India’s election turnout last week was about the same as ours – 66%. Ours was 65% or 30 million in 2010.

But the sheer vast number of people voting in India is staggering. 537 million! The highest number of people voting in an election ever! The biggest election ever in human history.

Mind-blowing.

IEC voting station

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