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The long drawn general elections

The long drawn general elections

The LokSabha elections in India will be held in seven phases from April 19 to June 1, marking the second longest election in the country's history.  After independence the 1951—52 general electionslasted four months and subsequently elections were shortened to complete voting in a few days after independence. In the year 1980 poling was completed in just four days in what is said to be the shortest general elections in India.
The currently declared parliamentary elections 2024 will last for a total of 44 days and 83 days of the rules of conduct of elections. Significantly elections were held in fewer days than when the ballot system was in place. Now that electronic voting machines have arrived, it is easier for voters to vote. Counting and declaring votes is a lot very easy. So the question most people ask is, “Is the seven phase elections necessary in this era where technology has advanced so much? Do we have to wait more than a month for the election results? “
As soon as the election date was announced on February 16 (Saturday), the Election Code of Conduct came into force. They will remain in force till June 6. Neither the Central nor the State Governments can implement any major scheme while the Election Code of Conduct is in force. No concessions can be made to the people of the country.
As the Election Code of Conduct will be in force for 83 days now, won't there be a slowdown in the functioning of the government and the government machine will be paralyzed? This too has come under heavy criticism.Parliamentary elections can be conducted in 3 phases across the country. In the past, the Election Commission of India has conducted both parliamentary and assembly elections on the same day across the country. The requisite infrastructure is also available.
Thus, there is a time gap of about 45 days between the first phase election polling and the counting of votes in Tamil Nadu. Why such a gap? Is there any political hand behind this? 
Leader of Opposition Rahul Gandhi, while speaking at the closing ceremony of his Yatra yesterday, alleged that Prime Minister Modi cannot win without electronic voting machine.
Election results can be anything. But the election should be fair and impartial. Don't let anything go wrong. It is the primary duty of the Election Commission of India to ensure that!