National Voter’s Day was celebrated on Wednesday with due dignity through various programs across Tripura.
The main program of the 13th National Voter’s Day celebration was held at Rabindra Bhavan.
This year’s theme is ‘There is nothing like voting, we will vote for sure’. Tripura Chief Secretary JK Sinha inaugurated the program.
In this program distribution of pictorial voter ID card to new voters and election awareness calendar was released.
Also on the occasion felicitation of officials for carrying out special duties in poll work, names of mascots associated with election campaign in the state, felicitation of persons associated with formation of avatars, open quiz competition were held.
Discussing the importance of celebrating National Voter’s Day, and upcoming assembly polls Chief Secretary JK Sinha said that the participation of all voters in a transparent process is very necessary to strengthen the country’s democracy. In a democracy there may be differences, but there should not be differences of opinion. During the election process, there will be a large number of people from media and other fields including officials. In this case, if the peaceful election process of the state can be presented in front of them, the reputation of the state will be improved in the future.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Electoral Officer Kiran Gitte said that voters are the backbone of the election process. Democracy is strengthened when voters are aware of their rights. There are 94 crore voters in our country. In the last Lok Sabha elections, 67 percent votes were cast. The Election Commission of India wants total voter participation in any election. India’s electoral process has a special respect around the world.
He further said that many steps have been taken to get women, third gender, above 80 and disabled people to participate in the voting process and register their names. In this, various steps have been taken like increasing the number of polling stations, provision of ramps for disabled people, wheel chairs, taking votes from the homes of people above 80. Applications have been received from 17,000 youths aged 17 and above in the state to register their names in the voter list. So far 610 complaints have been received through the C-Vigil app. Of these, 480 complaints have been disposed.
The Chief Electoral Officer also said that any voter can easily be informed about various issues of election candidates through the Know Your Candidate app. 50 to 55 thousand people are engaged in election work in the state. Each of them has to play an important role for peaceful elections.
He also said that the Election Commission gives equal importance to every political party. So far this year, pre-election terrorism has reduced by about 50 percent compared to the last elections in the state.
He expressed hope that if there is a peaceful election in Tripura, there will be a huge expansion in investment, industry and tourism in the state in the coming days.