“The most important walk that a citizen takes in a democracy is from his home to the polling station.” Governor
State level National Voters Day was celebrated in the grandest manner here in the capital at Chintan Bhawan, organised by election department.
HE The Governor Mr. BP Singh attended the function as the chief guest along with the Chief Minister Pawan Chamling.
Addressing the gathering Governor expressing his views said that “I am extremely happy to participate in the concluding event of the yearlong Diamond Jubilee Celebration of the Election Commission of India which began on 25th January, 2010”. Adding further he said that the Election Commission of India was constituted just a day before the country became Republic on 26th January, 1950 and he is glad that the Commission has thought it fit to celebrate its first Foundation Day as the National Voters Day.
Furthermore, Governor added that the most important walk that a citizen takes in a democracy is from his home to the polling station. The power to cast one’s vote for electing one’s representative is the basis of representative democracy. The significance of celebration of National Voters Day is to give the youth, a sense of citizenship, pride and participation in public affairs.
The most important thing is to inspire the youth to exercise their franchise rights. It may be recalled to keep pace with the changing needs of society and to meet the expectations and aspirations of the youth, the minimum voting age was lowered from 21 years to 18 years with effect from 28th March’ 1989. Thirty-five percent of the voters in the country are young. But their participation in the electoral process has been low and not up to expectations. India takes pride in its youth.
Growth and development of the nation is in their hands for they have energy, dynamism and also responsibility to take the nation forward. It is thus extremely significant that we not only conclude the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the Election Commission of India but also concurrently celebrate the first Foundation Day as the National Voters Day to create awareness about the importance of casting one’s right of voting franchise to make our democracy truly representative and dynamic.
Courtesy: Sikkim Mail