Hyderabad: Governor ESL Narasimhan today appealed to the people and youth to make use of their voting chance in the elections for better future.
Participating as the chief guest in the National Voters Day-2019 celebrations at a program on National Voter Day at Ravindra Bharathi here today, the Governor unveiled a poster, brochure and help line number 1950 to mark the occasion. The Governor also appreciated CEO Rajat Kumar and police officials for smooth and peaceful conduct of the Assembly polls in Telangana.
The Governor said dignitaries from many countries have visited India to study the well-established and vibrant electoral system. This time, the Election commission has made special arrangements for the Persons with Disabilities, the visually impaired and the senior citizens to ensure they exercise their electoral franchise without much difficulty, he said. The Governor also said he would be happy if in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections in Telangana State registered 90 percent voting and to achieve this, the first-time voters should make it their duty and responsibility to go and exercise their voting right in large numbers. He said unless people participate in voting they do not have any right to question the government. A holiday given on voting day was not meant to sit at home and enjoy watching TV but to go out and cast your vote, the Governor said.
CEO Rajat Kumar said increasing the percentage of voters was the ultimate aim of the Election Commission by conducting awareness. Refuting the charges of EVMs tampering as baseless, the CEO said the recently held Assembly polls saw 73.4 per cent of voter turnout. The EC was expecting to see that the percentage will be grown in future polls, he said. There was no violence and re-polling in the Assembly polls and the people seeking voting chance should enroll themselves through online for the purpose. Those who do not have the vote should check the list and enroll their names in the list, he said.
State Election Commissioner Nagi Reddy expressed displeasure at city people for keeping away from voting process, while their counterparts in districts have shown good response. “India tops in every sector in the world and has three-pronged security. In elections, while some countries witness bloodshed, India holds the elections in a peaceful manner. Panachayat polls have registered 90 per cent polling in the first phase and second phase will see the same percentage. Everyone has to vote for strengthening democracy, he added.
GHMC Commissioner Dana Kishore, City Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar also attended the program. On the occasion, Voter ID cards were distributed to first-time voters and Awards were presented to the officials for best performance in the recently concluded elections.Deputy CEO Budha Prasad and Joint CEO Amrapali and other officials were present.