IMPHAL: Chief Electoral Officer, Manipur organised the 10th National Voters’ Day 2020 under the theme “Electoral Literacy for Stronger Democracy”, on Saturday at JN Dance Academy, Imphal.
The observation was organised to mark the foundation of Election Commission of India and to spread awareness among the youths so that they can cast their votes to a responsible person and participate in the development of the country.
Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest Dr. J. Suresh Babu, Chief Secretary, Manipur said that India is the largest democratic country with the adult franchise where the people elect its own government. Unless we participate in the democratic process, the purpose of running democracy is defeated. Every person’s contribution is essential so that everyone have the choice to decide, he said.
He said that the primary concern is electoral roll preparation and the purity of electoral roll is in allowing all the eligible voters to have a right to vote. The Election Commission is trying to create voter awareness campaign for a democratic process. The campaign does not mean campaign for any particular candidate or political party, he said. It is time that every youngster in the family should motivate the family members to vote. The responsibility has to be owned by the youths and should pledge to make the members to cast their vote. Once this generation is able to take the lead, democracy will survive and value system that has been imbibed in the constitution of India has to be taken as sole responsibility by every person, he added.
Congratulating the entire election machinery for successful conduct of parliamentary elections in the recent Lok Sabha election and the Imphal East District Administration for bagging the National Award, he said that the participation level of the people of Manipur in election is very good and hoped that the trend of highest percentage of voting continues in the coming years.
PK Singh, CEO, Manipur in his welcome speech said that the National Voters’ Day is being celebrated all across the country. The recent Lok Sabha Election 2019 was actually a festival of democracy. Manipur recorded the highest voter turnout – number as well as percentage. The SVEEP campaign was appreciated by all and the Election Commission of India (ECI) gave the responsibility of SVEEP campaign for the entire country. For the first time, the Election Commission did the verification of voters approaching every single voter and successful in reaching out to 97.3 percent of the voters. Epic numbers has increased to more than 67 percent from 25 percent. And he expressed his confidence that in the coming years 100 percent of the voters will have PVC card.
State awards were distributed to selected RO, DEOs, AROs, EROs and BLOs for their contribution in election related activities. Awards were also distributed to the newly enrolled voter and to the 8 State SVEEP icons selected from individuals having wide appeal in the state, individual having non partisan and non political antecedents.
As a part of the Observation, the Chief Guest Dr. J. Suresh Babu, Chief Secretary inaugurated an exhibition and also took National Voters’ Pledge.
L.M Khaute, DGP, Manipur and Nungshitombi Athokpam, Secretary (Law), Manipur were present as Guests of Honour of the function. Naorem Praveen Singh, IAS, DC Imphal West, Neeta Arambam, IAS, DC Bishnupur, Officials of CEO, Manipur and students attended the function.