Democracy sometimes requires a little patience!

Three days on, America is still waiting for the results of the US presidential election, as is the rest of the world. The fight between Republican President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden is so close the media is holding back on making projections until the last votes are tallied. The outcome of the election depends on the four key battleground states of Georgia, Nevada, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Trump is marginally ahead in three of the four states — except Nevada — but a win in any one of these states will propel Biden across the finish line. At present, Biden has won 264 Electoral College seats against Trump's 214. Trump’s first post-election speech overflowed with his customary traits. He declared victory (with tens of millions of votes still uncounted), claimed voter fraud (with no prima facie evidence provided), asked states, where he was ahead on the night of November 3, to stop counting (when are democrats afraid of votes?), and threatened legal action.
The world watched with mounting concern as Donald Trump, the embattled leader of the United States, a strife-torn former colony bordering Cuba, declared on Wednesday night that he had won the presidential elections even before all votes had been counted. The populist leader of the Republican party, believed to enjoy the support of white nationalist tribal clans, also demanded that further counting of votes be stopped, triggering fears that the authoritarian leader might not agree to a peaceful transfer of power. Meanwhile, his opponent, Joe Biden of the Democratic Party, a coalition backed by Black and other ethnic minorities, appeared to edge closer to victory.
In the US election, voters decide state-level contests rather than a single, national one. Each US state gets a certain number of Electoral College votes partly based on the size of the population, with a total of 538 up for grabs. Biden, accompanied by his running mate Senator Kamala Harris, said he has no doubt that when the count is finished, they will be the winners. Earlier in the day, Biden and Harris had full briefings on the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic crisis facing the nation. Biden rightly said that, "Democracy is sometimes messy, so sometimes it requires a little patience. But that patience has been rewarded now for more than 240 years with a system of governance that has been the envy of the world. We continue to feel very good about where things stand." But one the Biden’s biggest tasks will be to heal a deeply fractured America, restore civility and decency in public life, and seek to revive the precedence of truth over narratives.

- Prabhakar Purandare

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