That's my bedaubed finger!
After some last minute scrambling, and a lot of entreating, I found my name on the electoral roll ( They butchered my name, and was under the wrong area, but it's better than nothing). After more entreating, I was able to obtain a duplicate ID card, and hence, VOTE.
I was extremely impressed by the voting system. You go in, they direct you to a room, put indelible ink on your left index finger, you press a button and voila, you've helped a corrupt politician become richer. In five minutes you come out with the 'mark of democracy'. A bit dramatic, but I'm excited.
The EVM (Electronic Voting Machine) had about 15 symbols, ranging from the lotus, hand, to briefcase, kite, and even a spectacle.
The voting place, a school in this case, is like a carnival. Everyone wore smiles, even the guards with the terrifyingly big guns. As you make your way to the school, there are canvassers, screaming sweet nothings into the ears of the voters. 'Free Power', 'Free money', 'Free DTH' and one guy even told me 'Free VoIP'. Being a liberal, I had already made up my mind, even though the VoIP offer sounded great.