Bhopal. Governor Mangubhai Patel said that if fair elections are the hope of democracy, then aware voters are the breath of its success. Suffrage is the power through which the voter gives life to democracy. He said that the generation around the year 2000 and beyond would shape the future of democracy for almost a century. It is necessary that the seeds of democracy should be sown in the students at the school level itself.
Governor Patel at Kushabhau International Convention Center Governor Patel said, if fair elections are the hope of democracy, then aware voters are the breath of its success. I was speaking at the launch of the exhibition on National Voters’ Day. He also administered the voter’s oath to the people present. Honored the officer-employee who did excellent work involved in the election work. Awarded to the winners of various competitions organized by the Commission. Voters above eighty years of age Jitendra Singh, Smt. Manju Singh, transgender voters Sanjana Singh and Nazar Thakur were felicitated by presenting them with shawls and shreefal. The governor distributed epic cards to 10 new voters. The Power of One Vote coffee table book published by the Commission was released in the programme. Video message of Chief Election Commissioner of India Rajeev Kumar telecasted. A song released by the Commission on National Voters’ Day and a video film produced on International Old Age Day were also displayed.
We all are citizens of the world’s largest democracy.
Governor Patel said that we are proud that we all are citizens of the world’s largest democracy. It is necessary that all of us, the basis of democracy, compulsorily participate in the election process with integrity. He told that Shyam Saran Negi, late at the age of 106, who was included as a voter in the first general election in the year 1951, never missed voting in his long life. The younger generation should take inspiration from them. Patel said that extensive efforts are being made by the Election Commission of India to ensure that not a single citizen of the country is deprived of the right to vote. It is necessary that every citizen imbibes the theme of National Voters’ Day “Vote Jaisa Kuch Nahi, Vote Zaroor Dalenge Hum” with utmost devotion and purity.
Qualifying dates are fixed four times a year for enrolling names.
The Governor said that on behalf of the Election Commission, giving various opportunities for online application, fixing qualifying dates for name addition four times a year, distribution of Voter ID cards through speed post, providing special services to Divyangjan, especially tribal groups, transgender class. Appreciated the work of including the left out eligible voters in the electoral roll, providing postal ballot facility to senior citizens above 80 years, Divyangjan and Kovid affected voters and honoring voters above 100 years of age. He congratulated the voters for better use of information technology, more registration of women than men and pro-activeness in getting voter ID linked.
Special place of Election Commission of India in the efforts of empowerment-
Former Chief Election Commissioner of India OP Rawat said that the Election Commission of India has a unique place in its efforts to ensure universal suffrage and voter empowerment. He told that the C-VIGIL app of the Election Commission has made the voter of India the most powerful voter. Anyone can file a complaint by uploading photos and videos on the app. Mentioning the success of the app, he said that earlier about 99 percent of the complaints received by the Election Commission were baseless, but in the year 2019, 95 percent of the 3 lakh complaints received from the app were found correct. He said that the commission is constantly trying to use modern technology for the betterment of the election process.
Organization of 13th National Voters Day-
Chief Electoral Officer Anupam Rajan said that the 13th National Voters’ Day has been organized at 64,100 polling stations in the state. On this occasion, initiatives have been taken for various activities, public awareness and distribution of voter cards. He informed that the advanced voter ID cards are being distributed by post to the voters by the Commission. Better security measures have been taken in these cards. They also have hologram, QR code and ghost image. He told that special emphasis is being laid on the inclusion of youth in the electoral roll by the commission. Efforts have been made by setting up special camps to include special backward Scheduled Tribes in the voter list. Collector Bhopal Avinash Lavania expressed gratitude. Commission’s State Icon Rajeev Verma and Additional Election Officer RK Kol were on the dais.