According to press reports, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani is currently in discussions with the Election Commission of Pakistan on a proposal for making voting compulsory for all citizens. No doubt making voting compulsory would strengthen democracy. Many evils existing in our body politics today would be eliminated with the advent of compulsion to vote. Presently, less than 50% of our total registered votes are casted on the day of election. That means only those with the financial resources are able to contest even if they do not have the political acumen, flair or capability to lead. The political parties also give their ticket to only those that have the millions to spend on an election campaign to entice the voters out of their homes for voting. I think the government should also consider having a system of proportional representation in which the people vote for a political party, rather than an individual. That would help wrest the control out of the hands of dynasties in our politics and a new kind of political culture, based on ideologies, principles and issues would be forged. The political leaders would also be empowered to send only the most competent people for the job in the parliament and the parties would also know and judge their standing in the polity on the basis of votes they have obtained. -ENGR.S.T. HUSSAIN, Lahore, March 30.