A Municipal Election is an event of great importance in the civic life of the people. It generates great excitement in the city wards. A Municipal Election is an event of great importance in the civic life of the people. It generates great excitement in the city wards. Brisk canvassing starts on the very day the date of the election is announced. The candidates approach the voters personally and beg for votes. There are occasions when a rich candidate tries to bribe the voter to win his support
The whole city is agog with canvassing of all types. The candidates employ agents who go round the wards and canvass for votes. The excitement, however, reaches its highest pitch on the actual day of the .election. The whole city is up very early. There is heard the hooting of the horns and the shouting of slogans. Loudspeakers rent the air. Motor cars, Scooters and other vehicles are seen hurrying to and fro, carrying the voters to the piling booths.
The election day is the day when the poorest voter feels his importance. He is influenced in all sorts of ways. He is pampered, bribed and served with food and drink before being taken to the polling booths. The voting starts at exact 8 in the morning. There are sometimes quarrels amongst the followers of different candidates and they come to blows. The administration, however, is very careful. There is always a batch of constables at every polling booth to see that the voting is peaceful. Sometimes, there are cases of impersonation and the guilty ones are taken into custody.
There is a great rush of voters in the last hour. The voting stops at exact four. The ballot boxes are removed to a safe place. The counting of votes starts early next morning and the results are announced by evening, The successful candidates are profusely garlanded and taken out in a procession through the streets the town.
Elections are a great event in the lives of the citizens. They teach the voters to take interests in the political events facing the country. They impart, in short, the early training which every voter should have for the General Elections as and when they come. Everyone should realise the importance of his vote and place the interest of the country above everything. A municipal election thus imparts political education on a small scale and should be properly made use of.