A few to go by ideology, others appear unsure

Though their views on politics seem vague and devoid of a firm commitment to any particular ideology, some first-time voters The Hindu spoke to in Kochi are devoted to the concept of democracy. They understand the importance of universal adult franchise and consider it their right to take part in the electoral process.

Not to stay away

“Why should I stay away from voting? Election outcomes dictate government formation. The unity and integrity of the country must be protected,” is a common refrain among a random selection of first-time voters contacted by The Hindu.

Many youngsters say they will be influenced by their families’ preferences while voting.

A few say they will be swayed by ideology while some are not sure if they will vote or not.

Computer science graduate Aliya Mary from Paravoor is among the youngsters who will follow family tradition in the exercise of her franchise. Though she is not much into politics, she does not believe voting will prove tricky on election day.

Influenced by ads

Ms. Aliya’s classmate Femina Francis from Thuruthipuram says she has been influenced by television advertisements of a party which has been projecting its prime ministerial candidate, but has not gone into criticisms levelled against him.

However, she too will follow family preferences while voting.

There are others first-time voters who are ideologically inclined. Manu P. James of Kakkanad says he will vote in accordance with his distinct political convictions.

Renia Correy from Manjummal says the ensuing Lok Sabha election will turn to be a fight between corrupt and honest politicians.

‘To go by merit’

She says she will go by merit when choosing the candidate she will vote for. She believes that the Aaam Aadmi Party has emerged as a great hope on the political horizon.

Hotel Management student Himal Joseph from Kodungallur is yet to decide whether to vote or not.

C.T. Akhil from Cherthala hails from a family which has been involved in politics, his father being a party worker and his mother having contested the local body polls on the ticket of that party. Naturally, family choice will dominate his voting preferences.

K.V. Kishore from Aroor says he will vote for a particular party because of its secular credentials.

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