SILCHAR, Jan 25: The office of the District Electoral Officer, Cachar, organized a programme to celebrate the sixth tiol Voters’ Day (NVD) in the premises of Gandhi Bhawan here today. S Viswathan, Deputy Commissioner of Cachar, Simanto Das, ADC and District Election Commissioner of Cachar, Prero Sarma, Assistant Commissioner, BC th, former ADC and other dignitaries took part in the celebrations.
Speaking on the occasion, S Viswathan said January 25 is also the foundation day of the Election Commission, which came into being on this day in 1950. The Commission’s objective through NVD is to increase enrolment of voters, especially of the newly eligible ones. The day is also utilized to spread awareness among voters regarding effective participation in the electoral process. NVD celebrations are being organized today across the country. He added to say all government officials, bank officials, divisiol railway magers and other officials will be taking the voters pledge today.
Simanto Das said in a meeting held recently it was decided that all government officials, bank, railway and other magers were requested to educate their subordites on the larger participation of citizens in the country’s electoral process as against the current level of participation. He informed that in 2014 Lok Sabha polls, 67.09% of male and 60.5% of female voters cast their franchise. He expressed hope that in the ensuing assembly elections of the state, the target of 100% vote casting would be achieved in the district.
District Election Commissioner also said in the meeting, government employees were directed to spread awareness in their respective organizations amongst the staff and aim at maximum enrollment in the voters list, especially of the youth. The CEO office pointed out more awareness programmes would be taken up with the aim of encouraging more and more participation in elections. He further said the objective of the Election Commission through NVD is to increase enrollment of voters, especially of the newly-eligible ones. NVD is mainly utilized to spread awareness regarding effective and maximum participation in the electoral process.
Prero Sarma said the Election Commission observed that new voters, who have attained the age of 18 years, were showing less interest in getting enrolled in the electoral rolls. “In order to effectively deal with this problem, the Election Commission decided to take up a vigorous exercise to identify all eligible voters attaining the age of 18 years as on January 1 every year in each of the 8.5 lakh polling stations across the country,” she said. Sarma added to say this initiative is expected to give the youth a sense of empowerment, pride and inspire them to exercise their franchise.
More than hundred voters participated on the occasion of which most of them were women.