In the 2004 Lok Sabha Elections, as I stood in the serene space of the voting booth, facing the ballot, the true impact of my vote became apparent. The simplicity of the act carried immense weight. It wasn’t merely pressing a button on the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM); it was a declaration, a manifestation of my voice in the grand chorus of democracy.

Now, as a politics enthusiast, voting transcends civic duty for me. It’s a profound expression of citizenship, affirming the power we wield as individuals to shape our nation’s destiny. That’s why my 2024 resolution is to exercise my right to vote in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. In the ballot, I find power—the power to contribute to a brighter tomorrow.

Beyond the Ballot: The Political Landscape of Bengaluru

I have a vivid memory of my first time as a voter. Stepping into the bustling polling booth in Bengaluru for the first time was a moment which was both exciting and important for me. My first time as a voter in 2004 marked not only my personal milestone, but also India’s – it was the first all-EVM (Electronic Voting machine) election. The air buzzed with democracy’s zeal as diverse individuals from all walks of life, ranging from experienced voters with a sense of responsibility and determination to first-timers like myself, gathered to exercise their fundamental right to vote. As I stood in the queue, I witnessed a melting pot of emotions, a shared belief in the power of a single vote. Conversations in the queue revealed the varied perspectives and aspirations that brought us all together on this pivotal day. The act of casting my vote transcended the physical act; it became a profound connection to the democratic spirit that courses through the veins of our nation. That year, Karnataka’s voter turnout was 65.14%.

Bengaluru’s voter turnout in 2019 Lok Sabha elections was 55%, which when compared to 2004’s 52.14%, isn’t a noteworthy number. In spite of living in the digital age, much hasn’t changed in terms of responsibility towards the ballot. It’s time we change the narrative.

Last Karnataka Lok Sabha election was held in 2019 in 2 phases. The first phase of polling in Karnataka saw an estimated voter turnout of 68%, the second phase of polling saw an estimated voter turnout of 67.5%. While Karnataka recorded its highest voter turnout in 2019 Lok Sabha election, Bengaluru fared low with voter turnout of 55%.

Karnataka holds a pivotal position, contributing significantly with its 28 Lok Sabha parliamentary seats. Among these, the capital Bengaluru, stands as a political hub with three seats in the parliament. The question that naturally arises is, being a citizen of the state that plays a substantial role in shaping the nation’s parliamentary representation, why don’t we actively participate in elections? Despite thriving in the world’s largest democracy, how is it possible that the voter turnout only increases marginally?

The significance of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections is profound. The decisions made during this electoral juncture will ripple through the corridors of power, affecting the lives of millions. The issues at stake are diverse and complex – from economic recovery to environmental sustainability, from healthcare reforms to technological advancement. The outcome of this election will shape the trajectory of the nation for years to come.

The Youthful Torchbearers

In the grand tapestry of democracy, the youth emerge with potential to weave the fabric of change. The 2024 Lok Sabha elections mark a pivotal moment for the younger generation, offering an opportunity to be the torchbearers of progress. It is in their hands that the future of the nation is shaped, making their active participation in the democratic process an indispensable catalyst for transformative governance.

As per International Labour Organization, in 2023, India has one of the largest youth populations of 66% in the world. Now picture this energy of youth being channelised into becoming a force of positive change. It could make a transformative wave of progress for India. By helping them understand the importance of voting, getting involved in politics, and encouraging them to actively participate in choosing their leaders, we are setting a stage of positive change.

Impact of Increased Voter Turnout

According to the Election Commission of India (ECI), India, the largest democracy in the world, boasts a staggering 94.50 crore voters as of 2023. Just picture the possibilities if every eligible voter exercised their right to vote. In particular, a higher voter turnout in Bengaluru has the potential to be a transformative force, ushering in positive changes for the dynamic city. With its three constituencies contributing to Karnataka’s overall representation in the Lok Sabha, an increased participation at the polls can ensure that the diverse voices and needs of Bengaluru’s residents are adequately heard and addressed.

How to Make Informed Ballot Decisions

Making thoughtful ballot decisions is a key part of being a responsible citizen, ensuring every vote has a meaningful impact on democracy. Here’s how:

  • Research candidates thoroughly, delving into their background, qualifications, and track record.
  • Consult various sources, from reliable news outlets to official candidate websites and election platforms.
  • Participate in ward committee meetings, engaging in discussions to witness how candidates articulate their positions.


As I embark on this journey towards the polling booth in 2024, I will carry with me not just a voter’s card but a sense of purpose. For the youth, including myself, participation in this democratic process is not just a right; it is a responsibility. It is about engaging with the issues that matter, understanding the platforms of various candidates, and making an informed choice that aligns with the vision of a progressive and inclusive India.

In the hands of every voter lies the ultimate power – the power to shape policies, to demand accountability, and to usher in a government that reflects the will of the people. The ballot is not merely a piece of paper; it is a tool of empowerment that transforms ordinary citizens into architects of their own destiny. In an effort to enhance electoral literacy and civic engagement, B.PAC spearheaded an initiative called Election Habba. Through innovative drives, B.PAC aims to empower Bengalureans with knowledge on the importance of their votes, the electoral system, and the impact they can create in forming a government.

Together, as a united force of voters, we can transcend the barriers of apathy and cynicism, sculpting a future that we can proudly bequeath to generations yet to come.