New Delhi. South Africa was on Wednesday named as the host for the General Elections 2014 which has been shifted out of India due to security apprehensions caused by the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League. Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath announced the news formally in a press conference in New Delhi.
“We are delighted that South Africa has graciously accepted to host the elections which will decide the 16th edition of the Lok Sabha. We want to thank the South African Government for agreeing to this arrangement on such short notice,” said Mr.Sampath.
Speaking to Faking News, Mr.Sampath elaborated that the security concerns were caused mainly due to IPL 7 being scheduled around the same time. “Initially we faced a lot of criticism. But I am glad the Election Commission has taken the right decision in shifting the elections to a foreign country,” he said.
This is the second time that India would use South Africa to host a month-and-a-half long Indian extravaganza which funnels in an obscene amount of money (most of which is unaccounted for) and results in a winner who is just as undeserving as the rest of the competitors.
Allaying fears that Indians will not be able to participate in the democratic process of electing their own leaders, Mr.Sampath said “There is absolutely no cause for concern. Enthusiastic voters can always travel to South Africa to cast their ballots. The event will be telecast live in India so that the Indian voters do not feel neglected.”
The move has been met with an overwhelmingly positive response from politicians of all major parties.
Senior Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha welcomed this decision with open arms. “This is a very good decision and the Congress stands most to benefit from this scenario. By moving the elections to South Africa, we can empower the women and youth over there also. Nearly a hundred years ago, one Gandhi empowered the people of South Africa. It is time for another Gandhi to do the same,” he said.
Responding to Sanjay Jha’s remarks, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley said, “If anyone benefits from this situation, it is the BJP. Why is the Congress looking back a hundred years? Five years ago, one Modi brought development to South Africa. It is time for another Modi to do the same.”