Shillong, January 25: Meghalaya, along with the rest of the country, observed the tiol Voters Day today. The function was held at U SoSo Tham Auditorium in Shillong. Addressing the gathering Additiol Chief Secretary, BK Dev Varma, who was the chief guest on the occasion, urged the eligible voters to come forward and register their mes in the electoral roll. Dev Varma further remarked that more female voters were registered in the State.
He also informed that this particular day is celebrated in order to enhance participation of citizens, especially youth in tiol Voter’s Day and the objective of the election commission is to make the Universal Adult Franchise a complete reality and thereby enhance the quality of Indian democracy.
Meghalaya’s Chief Electoral Officer, PK ik, highlighted the pro–active role of the election commission and its tireless effort to create awareness for motivating voters with regard to ethical voting amongst others.
During in the programme, Dev Varma administered the tiol Voter’s pledge.
A similar programme was also organized by the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills Shillong at the DC Office Conference room.
The programme was attended by Deputy Commissioner Sanjay Goyal and other officers of the district.
During the programme, Goyal administered the Voters’ pledge and distributed Electoral Photo Identity Cards (EPIC) to the newly enrolled voters and prizes to the winners of quiz competition organised by the Election department, office of the Deputy Commissioner, Shillong in collaboration with the Dorbar Shnong of Nongshilang and H Elias Higher Secondary School.
In Mawkywat, the district headquarter of South West Khasi Hills district, a formal function was organized at the Multipurpose Hall DC Complex to mark the occasion.
Addressing the gathering as the chief guest, R Lyngdoh informed the gathering that the theme of the year was, “Easy Registration, Easy Correction”.
According to Lyngdoh, the government has made electoral enrollment easier for the people of the country to register themselves.
She pointed out that EPIC card is one of the most relevant document which is a proof of one’s citizenship. She urged upon the people to spread the message for the benefit of the local inhabitants.
Others highlight of the day were singing, drawing, extempore speech, marathon and slogan competitions.