"Elections in democracy is all about political competition”

"Elections in democracy is all about political competition”. Is this competition always good? Analyse the statement.

Elections are all about competition. Without competition, elections would become meaningless. But this competition is not always good.

This electoral competition has many demerits like :

  1. It creates a sense of disunity and factionalism in every locality.
  2. Different political parties and candidates often use dirty tricks like booth capturing to win election.
  3. The pressure to win electoral fights does not allow sensible long-term policies to be formulated.
  4. Some good people who may wish to serve the country do not like to participate in this unhealthy competition.
  5. Sometimes it leads to ‘party-politics’ among two parties.

The electoral competition has some merits also like :

  1. Regular electoral competition provides incentives to political parties and leaders.
  2. If they can satisfy the voters with their work, they will be able to win again.
  3. If a political party is motivated only by desire to be in power, even then it will be forced to serve the people.
  4. It reveals the real motive of political parties.
  5. It gives choice to voters to choose best among them.