Voters’ Day celebrated across state

The 11th National Voters’ Day was celebrated across the State on Monday along with the rest of the country.

The day has been celebrated on January 25 every year since 2011 to mark the foundation day of the Election Commission on January 25, 1950. The aim of the celebration is to encourage, facilitate and maximize enrolment, especially for new voters.

Silchar Staff Correspondent adds: Karimganj DC Anbamuthan MP urged the newly enlisted electors to take part in the democratic process with enthusiasm. An awareness rally was organised and flash mobs were held to encourage the voters to take part in the electoral process.

In Cachar, Election Officer Navaneeta Hazarika said the day was observed with events that generated enthusiasm among the voters. The newly included voters were felicitated with certificates. Earlier, DC Keerthi Jalli flagged off an awareness rally, which was followed by a meeting in the Zila Parishad hall. There were talks on the role of youth and physically challenged voters for a stronger democracy and flash mobs were held at various places. Women’s College, Silchar, organised quiz and extempore speech contests among the students to raise awareness on electoral issues.

Karimganj district has witnessed a 2.55 per cent increase in the number of electors this time – 23,518 being in the age group of 18-19 years. In Cachar district, there are 27,780 voters in the 18-19 age group.

Correspondents add:

Barpeta: A cycle rally organised from the District Library here was led by DC Munindra Sarma and SP Dr Robin Kumar Singh. A large number of students, officials and members of the Barpeta Press Club participated. After the cycle rally returned to the District Library, an open meeting was held, where 10 new voters were felicitated by the Deputy Commissioner.

Addressing the meeting, Sarma requested the officials to enrol the names in the electoral roll if any adult eligible voter has been left out, so that no person attaining 18 years of age is deprived of his or her voting right. A song composed by Nirmal Das and Kaushik Das on the theme of awareness of voters was released at the meeting. Artistes of DJ Dynamic Dance Academy performed a dance and students of Sorin Rayo Sabekan Karate Do School showed their martial arts skills. A painting competition was also organised.

Sivasagar: Sivasagar DC Bisnu Kamal Bora, while addressing the National Voters’ Day celebration meeting at the Yuva Dal auditorium, said that those who fail to exercise their voting right, neglect a duty to the nation. He urged young voters to exercise this right if they want their nation to grow. Bora said there was a six per cent drop in voter turnout in Sivasagar district in the 2019 Parliamentary elections compared to the 2016 Assam Assembly elections, which does not augur well for India’s democracy.

The meeting was attended by Zila Parishad CEO Bipul Kumar Saikia, election officer Kukila Gogoi, DIPRO Syeda Hasnahana and Nodal Officer Dr Pratim Sarma. Performance certificates were distributed among the booth-level officers.

Dergaon: National Voters’ Day was celebrated at Golaghat under the aegis of the Golaghat Election Office in association with the district administration today.

To mark the occasion, a mini marathon titled ‘Run for Democracy’ was organised in association with the CRPF’s 142nd battalion in three categories – boys, girls and juniors. A large number of people took part in the event and enjoyed the celebrations.

Addressing the gathering, Deputy Commissioner Bibhash Chandra Modi urged all eligible voters to exercise their voting rights in the ensuing elections. A stamp duty programme was also held in association with the Swahid Kushal Konwar Civil Hospital, where doctors’ prescriptions were stamped with the slogan ‘Happy voters’ day, envision your future vote’ and distributed among the participants. DIPRO Papu Gogoi said that art, essay and virtual rangoli competitions were also held among students.

ANN Service adds:

Gossaigaon: At Gossaigaon College, the college principal, lecturers, office staff and students took an oath on the occasion of National Voters’ Day. The oath was administered by Prof Dr Kumud Ranjan Basumatary. The importance of the day was discussed  in meeting presided over by vice principal Samsud Zaman Sardar and anchored by the HoD, Political Science, Prof Prodip Kumar Das.