Every Vote Counts
Nominated | Book Awards 2020 | English Non-fiction
Every Vote Counts
Navin Chawla has had a ringside view of Indian elections: as Chief Election Commissioner, he supervised the landmark 2009 general election, and several key state elections as well. Drawing on his wide-ranging experience, Every Vote Counts presents a riveting account of how the daunting task of conducting the largest electoral exercise in the world is undertaken. The challenges before the Election Commission are many: How does one conduct free and fair elections when a large percentage of our lawmakers are law-breakers? Is the model code of conduct effective? How does one hold elections in Maoist-affected constituencies, or for that matter in the strife-torn state of Jammu and Kashmir? How reliable are electronic voting machines? Is it possible to implement compulsory voting? Will simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies make things any easier? Every Vote Counts is a fascinating, informative account that gives us a kaleidoscopic view of how the electoral machinery works in the world's largest democracy. With the 2019 elections just round the corner, this is a book that every concerned and interested Indian might want to read.
Navin Chawla joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1969 and retired as secretary to the Government of India. He was appointed election commissioner in 2005 and Chief Election Commissioner in April 2009, when he conducted the general election to national and international acclaim.
The inner workings, challenges and biases of a complex democratic exercise are decoded in the former CEC Navin Chawla’s latest book… This book is required reading for all those interested in going behind the scenes of the most logistically complex democratic exercises in the world.
– New Indian Express
At a time when the credibility of the Election Commission of India is increasingly being questioned, former chief election commissioner Navin Chawla has emphasised upon one reform that could solve the situation—giving the two election commissioners the same protection from removal as the CEC.
– The Week