தொல்தமிழர் அறிவியல் – 58 : 18. குடவோலை – தேர்தல்
Elections were used as early in history as ancient Greece and ancient Rome, and throughout the Medieval period to select rulers such as the Holy Roman Emperor andthe Pope.
In Vedic period of India, the raja (chiefs) of a gana (a tribal organization) was apparently elected by the gana. The raja belonged to the noble Kshatriya varna (warrior class), and was typically a son of the previousraja.
However, the gana members had the final say in his elections. The Pala kingGopala (ruled c. 750s–770s CE) in early medieval Bengal was elected by a group of feudal chieftains. Such elections were quite common in contemporary societies of the region. In Chola Empire, around 920 CE, in Uthiramerur (in present-dayTamil Nadu), palm leaves were used for selecting the village committee members. The leaves, with candidate names written on them, were put inside a mud pot. To select the committee members, a young boy was asked to take out as many leaves as the number of positions available. This was known as the Kudavolai system.
------Wikipedia.“ The Kutavolai system, as practiced in Sangam period and even in Chola period of the Tamilian history may be termed as a progenitor of the revised modern public elections. Originally it had been a system of drawing a lot by a young boy from among the leaves of the contestants for various memberships.” –Editor.------தொடரும்……