Imphal: Additional chief secretary of Manipur M H Khan said the Constitution has given us the right to elect our leader, “If we do not choose the correct leader, our future will be spoiled.”
He appealed the voters to use their rights wisely. Khan was speaking as guest of honour on the 14th National Voters’ Day was observed on Thursday under the theme ‘Nothing Like Voting, I Vote for Sure’ at the office of the Chief Electoral Officer Manipur, Lamphelpat, here. The programme was organised by Chief Electoral Officer, Manipur.
Chief secretary Dr. Vineet Joshi and chief electoral officer Manipur PK Jha attended the function as chief guest and president respectively.
Joshi encouraged the new voters to cast their vote in free, fair and peaceful manner. He appealed to the young new voters to be alert, know the value of voting, come out and participate in the elections. He administered the Oath of National Voters’ Day pledge to the gathering.
Jha said National Voter’s Day is the celebration of voters especially for first-time voters. It is the right bestowed to us by the Constitution. He appreciated the district election officers, returning officers, BLOs and other officials of the Chief Electoral Officer, Manipur for the successful Electoral Summary Revision 2023-24. He said a survey was conducted in partnership with Manipur Technical University regarding knowledge, aptitude and practices of election.
The message of the chief election commissioner of India, Rajiv Kumar was screened during the function, which was followed by a presentation of EPIC card and badges to the newly enrolled voters. Appreciation certificates and Best Electoral Practices Awards 2024 were conferred to district election officers, electoral registration officers and returning officers for their exemplary performances.
National Voters’ Day is being observed to promote and encourage the youth to participate in voter registration, especially among new or first-time voters. The day has been celebrated since 2011 across the country to mark the foundation of the Election Commission of India i.e., 25th January, 1950.