The elections in the UK are complete. The Tories have an inconclusive majority, Labour is smarting and the Liberal Democrats flattered to deceive. While Gordon Brown has expressed disappointment, he hasn’t quite ruled out a last ditch attempt at coalition.
Adding to the uncertainty was the news that high turnout and mismanagement led to long queues of voters left without paper ballots, by the 10pm closing time. At least one BBC news anchor was heard comparing the chaos to Third World elections.
May we recommend electronic voting machines? In the 2009 general election in India, over 400 million voters cast votes in 800,000 booths, all officially open to voters for 10 hours. UK booths were open for 15 hours and dealt with around 30 million voters.
But that advice can wait till the next elections. For now, Indian expertise can be counted on for a more immediate concern: a hung parliament. The English may have helped invent democracy. But the modern masters may be found in New Delhi.